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Each year at Samford University, opportunities for experience, exposure and 
enlightenment are prevalent in both the everyday occurrences, as well as the 
major significant events. The theme "Grow" was choserrfor this year's edition 
to capture the growth that students, faculty and staff experience throughout their time . * 

here. As a Southern Baptist Christian University, we believe in the sovereignty and * , 
provision of our Creator, and we delight in knowing that our experiences here are for 
His glory and our good. 

Entre Nous rs French for "Between Us," and as one body, the Samford Community 
supports each other in striving for spiritual, mental, physical and emotional growth... 
For God, For learning, Forever. ^ — ^ 

Cdrpbv in the grace and knowledge 
of'Qur Lord Jesus Christ. 


Section Editors 
Letter from the Editor 

Samford Life 

Welcome Back Week 
Dorm Life 

Weekends at Samford 
Family Weekend 
Homecoming Court 
Ms. Samford 
Beeson Woods Life 
Step Sing 32 
Step Sing Winners 
Spring Fling 38 
Studying Abroad 







Year in Review 48 

Election 50 

Going Green 52 

Why Samford? 54 

Majors & Internships 56 

Art 58 

Freshman 60 

Quad Life 62 

Students from Abroad 64 

Missions 66 

Dr. Westmoreland 68 

Beyond the Bubble 70 

Food Court 72 

Campus Safety 74 

Greek Life 


and Intrafraturnity Councils 
Girls Rush Diary 
Guys Rush Reflection 
Why Go Greek? 
Alpha Kappa Alpha 
Alpha Delta Pi 
Alpha Omicron Pi 
Chi Omega 

Zeta Tau Alpha 
Lamda Chi 
Pi Kappa Phi 
Sigma Chi 
Sigma Nu 
Sigma Phi Epsilon 


SoCon Inaguration 
New Traditions 
Red Sea 

Pete Hanna Center 
Athlete's Life - Boy 
Athlete's Life - Boy 
Women's Soccar 
Men's Soccar 
Cross Country 
Men's Basketball 
Women's Basketball 
Men's Tennis 
Women's Tennis 
Men's Golf 
Women's Golf 
Track & Field 
Best of Bulldogs 
Intermural Story 





















Band & Color Gaurd 164 

Dance Ensamble 166 

SAAC 168 

FCA 170 

Shiloh 171 

Ministries 172 

LIniversity Ministries 1 74 
Student Goverment 

Association 176 
Student Recruitment 

and Studnet Ambassadors 178 

Choirs 180 

Major's Fraturnities 182 

Alpha Psi Omega 184 

Gamma Sigma Sigma 185 

ROTC 186 

College Demecrats 188 

College Republicans 189 

Student Publications 190 

Mock Trial & Debate Team 1 92 

Music 194 

Seniors 198 

Senior Reflection 

Murphy Maddox 202 
Senior Reflection 

Nathan Troost 204 

December Graduates 208 

Friday May Graduates 218 

Saturday May Graduates 232 

2 I Entre Nous 

Editor: Val Kikkert 

Assistant Editor: Amy Grace Robertson 

Art Director: Megan Marr 

Photography Editor: Jordan Jarvis 

Advisors: Sean Flynt, Donovan Harris, Caroline Summers 

Section Editors: Allyson Dewell, Lindsey Vaughan, Megan Christians, Melissa Gibson, Lauren Sharpe, Matt Westberry, Amy Grace Robertson 

Editorial Contributors: Haley Aaron, Jordan Anderson, Sarah Andrews, Dan Bagwell, Molly BrasweU, Maggie Bridges, Katie Bruder-Mattson, 

Amanda Cherry, Mgean Chrisdans, Alex Cloke, Breanne Dalton, Drew Davis, Sarah Gardner, Elizabeth Gettys, Melissa Gibson, Jason Gossett, 

Susan Hamm, Logan Heim, Lydia Hignite, Ryan Hogan, Shafiq Islam, Carter Jones, Val Kikkert, Craig Kleimeyer, Lauren Lunceford, Murphy 

Maddox, Caroline May, Miranda Meadows, Malika Moore, Channing Peeples, Alicia Phillips, Kristin Ottaviano, Chelsea Reynolds, Amy Grace 

Robertson, Chelsea Rushing, Emma Schell, Lauren Sharpe, Grace Stephens, Will Stewart, Jennifer Taylor, Blake Tomey, Nathan Troost, Lindsey 

Vaughan, EA Wade, Aaron Weber, Matt Westberry, Tara White, Jack Wilgus, Lauren Womack 

Photo Contributors: Ina Abies, Evan Chandlee, Michelle Darden, Jordan Gotfredson, Brittany Harrison, Leah Jane Henderson, Julian Hollar, 
Jordan Jarvis, Janell King, Megan Marr, Stephen Nelson, Dubose Ratchford, Lauren Womack 

Design Contributors: Sarah Andrews, Carol Anne Autry, Maggie Bridges, Kade Conway, Megan Marr, Lauren Sharpe 

Special Thanks: Andrew Westmorland, Jay Elmore, The Samford Crimson, Zap Photography 

The staff of Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation of a year in the life of the 
Samford Community. This culmination of pictures, stories and quotations are more than 
just mere images and words; rather, the book is meant to draw upon the deeper meaning and 
remembrance of the sequence of events that were instrumental in the growth of students, 
faculty and staff that occurred throughout the year. 

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications tor 

employment and educational programs from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, 

age, disability or national or ethnic origin. 

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Editor: Val Kikkert 

Senior JMC major 

Art Director: Megan Marr 

Senior Graphic Design major 

Photo Editor: Jordan Jarvis 

Junior JMC major 

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Samford Life: Allyson Dewell 

Relevant: Lindsey Vaughan 

Greek Life: Megan Christians & Melissa Gibson 

Sports: Lauren Sharp & Matt Westberry 

Seniors: Amy Grace Robertson 

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Letter from the Editor: 

What a year it's been! The 2008-09 school year was full of many 
changes for Samford. With the transition into the Southern Con- 
ference, the building projects on campus and initiatives put into 
action by the SGA and Dr. Westmoreland, it is evident that Samford is headed 
in the right direction. As a senior and editor-in-chief of Entre Nous, I have done 
a lot of reflecting on this year, not only upon the conclusion, but throughout 
both fall and spring semesters. 

One friend told me that as a senior entering into a life-transitioning stage, I am 
prone to being in a constant state of reflection. But I believe that we are called 
to step back and reflect at all stages and seasons of our lives. The Lord uses His 
Word to lead, change and grow us into the disciples that we are called to be, 

and if we run through this life without reflect- 

ing on what it is and has been, we will miss 

so much of the intricate details that He has 

fashioned in and for us. 

So I pray that this book serves as memoir for 

you. I pray that you take the time to look through it and reflect on how each 

picture and written story relates to your experience at Samford this year. Use 

these pages as a catalyst to lead you to "grow in the grace and knowledge of 

our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:8) as you consider all He has done in you and 

the way that He has used Samford to grow you in Him. 

In Christ, 
Val Kikkert 

Cdrcw'm the grace and knowledge 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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The two words put together, "Samford" and "Life," penetrate deeper 
when the values and depth behind the University are applied. Let 
us remember that Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, 
and have it to the full" (Luke 10:10). In Christ we are promised a full life, and in 
Christ we are brought to fullness (John 10:10; Colossians 2:9-10). 
With the University holding this Christ-centered core, events, activities and 
general student life at Samford provide an encouraging environment that 
distinguishes Samford as a community. From Homecoming in the fall to Step 
Sing in the spring, students are constantly given opportunities to bond as one 
body with many parts and to live fully under this common bond of Christ. 
Life at Samford extends beyond the calendar year, and experiences had 
throughout each year help to define the. fullness of life. 





Photos clockwise from above: Freshmen 
break down dancing comfort barriers 
at the 90s Dance. The "Ice cream with 
Andy" event was a success this year. 
Students had the opportunity to meet 
President Westmoreland and be enter- 
tained through access to various games. 

I 2 I Cultivating Experience 

It Starts with a ^Hj. 


On August 21, Jenn 
Debrecht, a member of the 
class of 2012, unloaded her 
car and moved into her dorm room. 
Bringing a multitude of emotions 
and questions, she scurried about the 
residence hall, unloaded boxes and 
arranged furniture. However, when it 
was time for her family to return to 
Boca Raton, Fla., her official life as a 
college student began, and it all started 
with Connections. 

Connections is exactly like its 
definition; its purpose is to link one 
thing with another, or in this case, it 
helps freshmen adapt to life at Samford. 
It is a four-day process that includes 
things like informational meetings, 
tours and social events. 

When the reality of college hits, it 
can be very overwhelming. A student 
not only has to adjust to living 

independently but also to living in new surroundings with It is famous for the Play Fair handshake. Consisting of a high 
complete strangers. The goal of Connections is to provide a five, then low five, then a nice "shake, shake, shake" of the foot, 
smooth transition into this new environment, while acquainting it is known by all who participate in the Connections process, 
the freshmen class with their peers. Then again, Play Fair itself is the most popular aspect of 

"Connections is the beginning, and we want them to get a Connections, 
chance to experience Samford within their class and connect "At Play Fair you meet someone, tell them your name, shake 
with each other," senior Connections leader and sociology major their hand and you ponder if this could be your future best 
Barbara Wilson said. friend or spouse," Wilson said. 

Being almost 13 hours away from Boca Raton, Debrecht was This part of Connections is about helping to link the freshmen 
eager to make friends and feel at home. class together and meeting as many people as possible. Many 

"This is my home for the next four years, and I was excited freshmen are uneasy about meeting new people and asserting 
to finally be here," Debrecht said. "But I never thought that it themselves into conversations, and Play Fair is designed to break 
would be so overwhelming." down those walls. 

Most do not realize how hard the new changes are that come Connections is not just a process that freshmen go through, 
with being a freshman. Luckily, however, there are students who but ir's also a stepping stone to their college experience. It is 
know exactly what freshmen are going through. Upperclassmen a way for freshmen to get a vast amount of information in a 
are the key to the Connections process. They are not only there short amount of time. Connections' role is to provide a smooth 
to be leaders, but to also to serve as guides in the college life transition for all incoming freshmen, and to jump-start the 
transition. school year. 

"You just want to tell them, You're about to find yourself. "I don't know how I would have adjusted without Connections," 
Get ready, buckle up, and you might want to sit down for this,'" Debrecht said. "It has played a vital and important role in starting 
Wilson said. off of my college life." 

Once the initial shock wears off, the secret of Connections is 
revealed. This secret is commonly known as Play Fair. Play Fair is 
recognized for breaking down every awkward barrier that comes 
with meeting people. Led by a lady in spandex and tights, its 
purpose is to allow freshmen to meet as many people as possible 
in very unusual ways. 

"Play Fair was insanely awkward, but not," Debrecht said. Story: Elizabeth Gettys 

"It's crazy to think that running around dancing very close to 1 -ayout: Carol Anne Autry 

Strangers would be SO much fun!" Photographs: Julian Hollar 

Samfoi i I Cultivating Experience 1 3 

A Timely Kicfc-Off to the Semester 

Welcome Back Week 

The pattern prevalent in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 was given its 
own Samford spin to get students excited about coming 
back to campus in the fall. 
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter 
under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die... a time to 
weep, and a time to laugh. . .a time for war, and a time for peace," 
(Eccle. 3:1-8). 

These words were reflected in Samford's Welcome Back Week 
2008 "It's Your Time" schedule of events. A Time to Reunite, a 
Time to Chill, a Time to Rock, a Time to Eat, a Time to Cheer 
and a Time to Doodle. Each day of the first week of classes, 
Sunday night through Friday afternoon, featured a different 
event. Unfortunately, a "Time to Reunite," also known as the 
treasured pastime Dinner on die Dirt, was held indoors for the 
second consecutive year due to rain. The Caf served up Sunday 
night dinner while students talked with friends they hadn't seen 
for months, but many students were disappointed about eating 
with a roof over their heads. 

"First of all, it was not on the dirt for the second year in a row, 
and second, it rained for the second year in a row," junior English 
major Alan Halbrooks said. 
Mother Nature refused to cooperate Monday night as well, so 

the "Time to Chill" movie on the Quad ended up 
being shown on a pull-down screen in the Caf. 
While watching Harrison Ford making a comeback 
as the courageous whip-wielding, signature hat- 
wearing Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of 
the Crystal Skull, students were enjoying free soft 
drinks and fresh popcorn. 

Tuesday's "Time to Rock" band party in Pete 
Hanna Center was a concert with Fly-By-Radio, 
who perfumed classic rock covers with enthusiasm 

J while wearing leather pants and sporting big hair 
that had been generously doused with hairspray. 
Although the flashing stage lights shone only for 
a small number of concert-goers, those few who 
were in attendance enjoyed nodding along to the 

"There were actually a decent amount of people 
there," first-year pharmacy student Whitney 
Cowart said. "I think the size of the arena made 
>jAtiH the group lo< >k smaller." 

Students were perhaps the most excited about 
a "Time to Eat" on Wednesday morning, as the 
event entailed free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits on 
the library steps. In this case, the early student got 
the chicken, as many students walked away empty- 
handed toward the end because the demand was 
so high. 

However, no attendees missed out the next day. 
The Welcome Back committee pulled out all the 
stops for Thursday's a "Time to Cheer" football 
tailgate party at Talbird Circle before the team's first home 
game against West Georgia. The crowd enjoyed inflatable toys, 
tennis and bowling by Nintendo Wii and free Qdoba food while 
listening to the pop/rock sounds of the Nashville-native band 
The Four Kicks, who performed live. 

Rounding out the week's events was Friday afternoon's a "Time 
to Doodle" at Ben Brown Plaza. The word "doodle" was taken 
as a double meaning, both as a drawing and as an icy treat from 
Doodles Sorbets and Ices in Cahaba Heights. Adanta artist 
Anthony Stewart drew caricature portraits as a long line of 
students waited for their turn while eating cups of eccentrically 
flavored sorbet. 

"I thought it was pretty tasty," first-year pharmacy student Kay- 
Shaw said. 

Samford never fails to make sure the students are aware of their 
significant and valued presence on campus upon return from 
summer break, and this year was no exception. 

Story: Lvdia Hignite 
Layout: Carol Anne Autry 
Photographs: Jordan Jarvis 


Cultivating Experience 

For everything there is a 
season, and a time for every 
matter under heaven ... 

Photos counter clock-wise 
from left: Inclement 
weather forced the showing 
of Indiana Jones to the Caf, 
but students were still able 
to enjoy the movie and 
popcorn. Red and Blue 
mouths were seen walking 
from Ben Brown Plaza after 
students enjoyed a taste of 

e I Cultivating Experience 1 5 


Away From Home 

Dorm Life 

For some, dorm life isn't exactly 
the most enjoyable experience 
that college students 

go through in their undergraduate 
years. However, living in the dorms 
can provide some of the most 
invaluable and memorable times of 
our lives. Roommates can become 
some of the closest friends. Learning 
to study through the pounding of the 
neighbor's blaring music can develop 
some serious self-determinadon. 
Not having mom to clean your room 
forces new responsibilities and a 
tolerance of "kinda" dirtv clothes. 
But throughout all of the new 
experiences and lessons learned, the 
friendships and bonds formed allow 
students to develop a "home away 
from home" and a new' family of 

One of the best examples of 
this new family is the reladonships 
formed on the halls of Vail, 
Smith and Pittman. Freshman year 
can be a really hard dme for most, 
and a lot of adjustments are made 
with the help of friends on the 
same hall. Freshman Will Stewart 
definitely found solace from within 
the reladonships on his hall. 

"We watch movies together, 
eat together, play flag football and 
play jokes on each other. I'm pretty- 
close to most of the guys on my hall," 
Stewart said. 

Roommates can also be a crucial 
part of the first-year experience. 
Learning how to live with someone 
else in such tight quarters may not 
always he smooth, but it can provide 
life-long memories. For Stewart, this 
is no exception. 

"It's awesome because my roommate 
and I have been best friends since 
eighth grade, so it's prettv great living 
with him on a regular basis. I couldn't 
ask for a better situation. 1 call 
Samford mv home away from home, 
and my hall is quickly becoming that 
as well," Stewart said. 

After the first year, the opportunities 
for dorm life expand. Moving to 

Beeson Woods or West Campus 
means an opportunity to pick a 
friend made year one for a roommate. 
This provides an ability to grow even 
closer with those alreadv considered 
family. In Beeson, the suite style 
dorms afford a new experience 
for entertaining family and friends 
in an extra common room. 
Sophomore early childhood education 
major Kelsey Welch loved living in 
Beeson Woods. 

"Sharing a room with one of my 
best friends has been such a great 
experience and has brought us even 
closer together. It is so different than 
Vail. Vail was so convenient and right 
in the middle of everything, and all 
of mv friends were just a couple of 
doors away, but I love the added 
amenities of Beeson," Welch said. 

The kitchens, personal bathrooms 
and common rooms are staples of 
the Beeson buildings. 

"I've learned a lot more about 
sharing, whether it's food, television 
shows in the common room or the 
chores we split. It feels just like a 
family, and we share our own little 
room," she said. 

In West Campus, the friendships are 
on a different level, because many 
times roommates are "brothers" 
and "sisters." The bonds between 
fraternitv and sorority members 
can deepen so intensely that they 
contribute to a stronger brotherhood 
or sisterhood bond for the entire 
organization. Sophomore sister of 
Alpha Delta Pi and undeclared major 
Michelle Darden said she definitely 
saw the relationships among her 
Chapter, pledge class and closest 
friends become tighter after living in 
the Alpha Delta Pi house. 

"If you ever need someone to talk 
to, you can just go next door and 
someone who you know genuinely 
cares for you will always be there," 
Darden said. "I have definitely 
formed a deeper relationship widi my 
sisters because they care for me just 
like my family." 

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Photos clock-wise from page 76: Students find creative ways to utilize the halls in Beeson 
Woods. Due to its size and prime location, Vail is often a key hangout spot for freshmen. 
Girls have easy access to almost all of their friends, and guys are able to visit for some ping- 
pong competition in the lobby. One of the main benefits in moving to Beeson Woods is the 
suite-style rooms. Students are able to bring in foutons to complement and add a personal 
touch to the furnishing in the living suites. 

I've learned a lot more about 
sharing, whether it's food, 
television or chores. 

The friendships made and 
experiences shared while living in 
the dorms can prove to be life-long 
memories. Sharing a living space 
with someone forces students to 
grow, take new responsibilities and 
learn to deal with all kinds of people. 
Despite initial differences, halls in 
Vail, Smith and Pittman can bring 
freshmen together and foster bonds 
that last for life. Beeson allows for 
a glimpse of life on your own with 
three of your closest friends in an 
apartment setting. West Campus 
brings fraternities and sororities 
closer together through houses that 
act as homes for families of brothers 
and sisters. No matter what part of 
campus on which you're living, dorms 
are an essential aspect to the making 
of a new family of friends during the 
undergraduate years at a "home away 
from home." 

'I I ii' I Cultivating Experience 17 


he weekends are a perfect 
time to relax, catch up on 
homework and try out a 
new restaurant while making friends 
throughout each activity. Samford is 
conveniently located in the heart of 
Homewood, and within minutes of 
the campus are activities to meet any 
possible interest. 

Many students love to spend free 
time outdoors. The weekend is the 
perfect time to go for a jog on the 
trail across the street, check out the 

Take every opportunity to meet 
new people, explore new places 
around Birmingham and enjoy 
the activities Samford offers! 

quaint and always active parks in 
downtown Homewood or relax in a 
hammock with friends on Samford's 
infamous Quad. Students can also 
get a team together to play soccer, 
football or ultimate Fnsbee at the 
intramural fields. Rock climbing at 
Boulder Fields and a visit to the 
Botannical Gardens are also outdoor 
weekend hotspots. 

When a break is needed from the 
routine of the Caf, Birmingham has 
a plethora of restaurant options, 
both local and international cuisines. 
Within striking distance, students 
can experience the spicy taste of 
India, indulge in some homemade 
lasagna tasting straight from Italy or 
enjoy the sweet and savory taste of 
Thai cuisine. Dining out is a great 
opportunity to catch up with old 
friends, make new friends and enjoy 
a break from the daily boredom that 
results from eating in a cafeteria three 
times a day, seven days a week. 
Samford is in the ideal location for 
all those who love to shop. Across 
Lakeshore Drive is an upscale 

shopping experience with both 
indoor and outdoor shopping and 
several fun and inexpensive restaurant 
options. It is a perfect atmosphere to 
enjoy a beautiful day eating outside 
and walking around the shops. 

While shopping may not be for 

everyone, there are still plenty of 

other fun activities to fill up weekends 

at Samford. There are several 

movie theatres located within close 

proximity to campus, including the 

coveted dollar theatre, which shows 

recent movies. What 

a better way to end a 

great movie than to 

enjoy a sweet treat 

at one of the local 

ice cream shops. 

Some Samford 

favorites include 

Mountain Brook 

Creamery, TCBY, 

SoHo Sweets and 


During the fall semester, there are 

several weekend activities on campus 

including Welcome Back Week, 

Homecoming, Family Weekend, 

tailgating events before football 

games, Greek formals and many 

other opportunities to meet fellow 

Samford students and get plugged in 
to college life. 

"The best way to make the most 
of your college experience is to 
take every opportunity to meet new 
people, explore new places around 
Birmingham and enjoy the activities 
Samford offers us," junior nutrition 
and dietetics major Katie Snider said. 

Sororities and fraternities are one 
avenue Samford students can choose to 
get involved in on campus. They offer 
parties and mixers certain weekends 
out of each semester and prove to be 
a fun way for Greek members to come 
together and get a feel for the other 
Greek organizations on campus. 

There are a variety of churches to 
explore in the area regardless of 
one's religious background. The 
churches offer students numerous 
ways to get plugged in, and many of 
the opportunities fall on weekends. 
Whether it's attending a Bible study 
or helping to teach a Sunday school 
class for younger children, there is 
an opportunity to get involved in a 
congregation somewhere. 

Storv: Kxisten Ottaviano 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

and Jordan Jarvis 

18 Samford Life I Cultivating Experience 

Samford Lite I Cultivating Experience 19 

the Ki 

Family Weekend 

pp/f to Birmingham 

Family Weekend 2008 followed in the rich tradition of 
past years, combining quality family time with exciting 
activities. Samford students of all ages were able to 
integrate and introduce their families to life at college. Because of 
Sam ford's prime location in beautiful and diverse Birmingham, 
planning activities for students' parents was not a difficult task. 
From Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 12, over 1,000 
guests took part in a range of activities from golf at the Robert 
Trent Jones Golf Course to manicures at the Greenhouse Spa at 
The Summit. 

The goal of SGAs Student Activities Council (SAC) was to 
introduce student families to Samford's campus and give them a 
taste of the life and excitement that Birmingham offers students 
on a daily basis. 

Family weekend was not only about activities and events. 
Freshman pre-pharmacy major Courtney Rogers said, "Family 
Weekend couldn't have come at better time. It was such a relief 
to see my parents." 

Often warding off lingering homesickness that freshmen battle 
first semester, Family Weekend allows new students quality 
time with siblings and parents. This is often the reason many 

freshmen parents make the trip to Samford. However, many 
upperclassmen families take advantage of a weekend set aside 
just for them. 

Sophomore religion major Kelly Zimmerman's family drove 
from Knoxville, Tenn. to visit. "As a sophomore, I was much 
more involved than freshman year so I appreciated that Samford 
sets aside a specific time that I could reconnect with my family." 
Zimmerman said. "All my other weekends were usually so packed. 
It's nice that they got a chance to come here and experience my 
life at college." 

SAC also worked to make sure that parents had the opportunity 
to meet and greet with their students' professors and sponsored 
a dessert reception with the Westmorelands. 

The effort was made to connect parents with the social aspect of 
Samford life as well as their students' academic responsibilities. 

This year, Family Weekend overlapped with one of Samford's 
Preview Days. Throughout the year, Samford opens the campus, 
providing tours and information sessions for prospective 
students. As a result, the morning of October 1 1 dawned to the 
buzz of a campus preparing for tailgating, the chatter of senior 
high students and the laughter of siblings and parents. 

20 e I Cultivating Experience 

Later that afternoon, Samford's football team 
came close to defeating Appalachian State, the 
reigning Southern Conference champions, with a 
final score of 35-24. Family Weekend contributed 
to the third largest crowd to ever in Seibert 

Organizations all over campus worked together 
to make sure parents departed the weekend feeling 
welcomed and involved. 

Several sororities and fraternities hosted "family 
brunches," which allowed freshmen who recently 
rushed and pledged to a sorority or fraternity to 
show their parents the house and introduce them 
to members of their respective Greek affiliation. 
ROTC also hosted a barbeque at its house to meet 
and greet with the parents of its participants. 

Chris Goree, a business administration major, 
was the chair of Family Weekend 2008. He said, 
"It was so much fun to plan Family Weekend 
this year. Thanks to everyone's efforts, we saw 
Samford come together as one big family." 

To close the exciting weekend of great football, meeting new 
friends and good ole' southern food, parents had the opportunity 
to attend the historic Samford Hymn Sing in the beautitul 
Reid Chapel. This meaningful service reminded students and 
families that Samford will always stand "For God, For Learning, 

Family Weekend allows 
new students quality time 
with siblings and parents. 

itory: rJreanne Dalton 
Layout: Sarah Andrews 
Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

e I Cultivating Experience 21 

Building on 

Homecoming Weekend 


he Beeson statue wore a football helmet, the band played 
the fight song and the air held a crisp autumn chill. From 
October 22 - 26, Samford University showed signs of 
Homecoming 2008 at every turn. 

The SGA Student Activities Council (SAC) began celebrating 
Homecoming early this vear, starting Wednesday with hot wings 
and mechanical bull rides in Ben Brown Plaza. The fun continued 
on Thursday with an "Iron Man" movie night on the Quad. 
The official kickoff to Homecoming came Friday night when 
students, faculty and alumni gathered at the annual bonfire and 
pep rally. The event began with the presentation of the 2008 
Homecoming Court and kept students entertained for hours 
thereafter with fireworks, refreshments and Christian rock band 
Deas Vail. 

"The bonfire brought the whole campus together and created 

an atmosphere of excitement before the festivities on Saturday" 

ci mimunication studies major Natalie Jayne said. "Besides, who 

di >csn't love a bonfire, hot chocolate and a great band?" 

Spectators clapped and cheered as the annual Homecoming 

Parade progressed through Samford's 
campus on Saturday. Miss Alabama 2008 
Amanda Tapley led the procession, which 
included the 2008 Homecoming Court, the 
Samford Marching Band, the University 
Ministries kazoo band and colorful floats 
crafted by different campus organizations. 
"I really enjoyed being in the parade," pre- 
pharmacy major and Homecoming Court 
member Maggie Cravens said. "It's not 
everyday I get to ride in a Corvette!" 
The Phi Mu sorority won the award for 
best float with its "Sandwich the Citadel" 
"The girls in this chapter are so deserving 
of the award," English major Anna 
Bedsole said. "They demonstrate a high 
level of commitment and integrity in all 
their activities, and it's really neat to have 
that recognized." 

Following the parade, students and alumni 

migrated toward the Quad for the annual 

Homecoming Festival. The festival offered 

food, fun and booths for different groups 

on campus, including several sororities and 

fraternities, the Samford band and the Air 

Force ROTC. 

By 2 p.m., Samford fans were ready 

for the big game to begin. The largest 

homecoming crowd in five years came to 

watch the Samford football team play its 

first Homecoming game as a member of 

the Southern Conference. The Samford 

Bulldogs beat The Citadel BuUdogs 28-10. 

"My favorite part of Homecoming was the game itself, 

hands down," said Nathan Troost, a journalism and mass 

communication major. "I enjoyed watching Samford serve a 

good Southern Conference team a loss in front of a loud and 

supportive crowd." 

Other sporting events that took place during the weekend 

included men and women's basketball scrimmages and two 

victorious Bulldog volleyball games against Elon and UNC- 


Homecoming 2008 came to a close on Sunday with the 
Samford Family Worship Service held in A. Gerow Hodges 
Chapel. Samford professor Jim Barnette and alumnus Greg 
Steele led the service, which also included worship leadership by 
the University Ministries choir and other Samford alumni and 

Storv: Lauren Womack 

Layout: Megan Marf 

Pfiotographs: I ulian I lollar & Stephen Nelson 

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As the band played and the crowd cheered, the 2008 Homecoming Court waited anxiously 
on the ever-perfect turf of Seibert Stadium. Emily Gettys, senior nursing major from 
Alexander City, Ala., was named Samford's 2008 Homecoming Queen and was joined by 
Honor Escort Billy Gunter, senior music major from West Palm Beach, Fla. 
When asked what the honor meant to her personally, Gettys said that she viewed it as a blessing. 
"Throughout my life, I felt like the average Joe, a face in the crowd playing second fiddle," Gettys 
said. "And suddenly the Lord said, 'Surprise!! This is how much you mean to me. What you are 
doing, people remember. You are having an impact on others' lives, just like they have impacted 
you. So I am giving you this honor, one you would have never thought about wanting." 
Gunter gained a new appreciation for Homecoming. "I got to be a part of something that I had 
never been a part of before," he said. "I got to represent my senior class and I thought that was 
really cool." 
Both Gettys and Gunter expressed surprise after the initial nomination. With names of other 
friends and respected students on the ballot, neither representative imagined that they would 
remain a candidate until the final round. "To be honest, when I found out that I was nominated 
for Homecoming Court, I was a little bit surprised. I decided to go online and check out who 
else had been nominated, and when I saw the list of 30 guys or so, I never thought that I 
would make it past the nomination round," Gunter said. 
That surprise grew exponentially when their names were called on Saturday. "I was really 
shocked that I made it onto Homecoming Court and that I actually won. I was thrilled that 
my classmates chose me to represent them. Out of all of the guys in the senior class they 
chose me, and that is very humbling and flattering," Gunter said. 
Gettys enjoyed not only the end result, but the complete cycle of nominating and electing 
Homecoming Court representatives. "The whole process was so much fun. It has been one 
of my favorite times at Samford," Gettys said. 
After her coronation, Gettys said that her friends were overwhelmingly supportive. "My 
wonderful friends could not be more excited for me. I have a new nickname now, and I 
secretly love it. It has made me appreciate them all the more!" 

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Pictured from left: Freshmen Mary Evelyn Todd and Lars Larson, sophomores Maggie Cravens 

and Tyler Matthews, seniors Susan Macfarland, Nathan Troost, Queen Emily Gettys, King Billy 

Gunter, Caroline Johnson, Rocky Ailing and juniors Tai Richardson and Ben Taltair. 

Story: Susan Hamm, Layout: Megan Man- 
Photographs: Stephen Nelson & Evan Chandlee 



The theme of the 2008 pageant, "The Music of the Night," 
was portrayed throughout the lively numbers preformed. The 
contestants opened the show with a choreographed piece to 
the classic "On Broadway." Their dance routine impressed the 
crowd and left the audience waiting on the edge of their seats 
for the remaining competitions. These separate competitions 
included the lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear and on- 
stage question competitions. 

This year, the scholarship pageant was directed by junior 
elementary education major Ashley Oliver and sophomore 
journalism and mass communication major Molly Jones. The 
previous Miss Samford and Miss Alabama 2008 Amanda Tapely 
emceed the event with junior musical theater major Jordan 
Bondurant. The emcees not only hosted the show but also 
entertained with some musical numbers, including piano pieces 
performed by Tapely and a song from Bondurant. 

As the entertainment went on, the audience was held in 
suspense and anticipated the new crowning of Miss Samford 
2008. Throughout the competitions, the judges decided that 
freshman interior design major Anna Laura Bryan would be 
the new representative as Miss Samford. "I'm just really excited 
and honored," Bryan said. "I was Morgan County Junior Miss 
my senior year and have competed in other Miss Alabama 
preliminaries, but this is my first win." Bryan worked hard in 
hopes to win. She said that she prepared by working out regularly, 
kept up with current events and promoted her platform, Paws 

for Autism. "I worked with my backstage mom Brooke Brown, 
who was first runner-up to Miss Samford a few years ago, to 
polish my walk and make sure it was poised and elegant," Bryan 

The first runner-up was senior nursing major Elizabeth Fuller. 
Fuller came in first in the talent competition with her stunning 
performance of "Polichinelle" by Sergei Rachmaninoff. 
Sophomore business major Susan Hamm was named second 
runner-up. She placed first in the lifestyle and fitness competition 
with her toned and svelte figure. This was Hamm's second year 
participating in the Miss Samford Pageant. "It was so great to 
work with all the girls and get to know them better. We had 
the best time together," Hamm said. Other participants included 
sophomores Jenna Tanner, Jennifer Houston, Katelyn Nolen 
and Sarah McGough, and senior Malika Moore. 

Bryan said she could not be more excited for the Miss Alabama 
competition. She mentioned plans to continue to keep up with 
current events, stay fit and promote her platform. "I am so 
excited to work with my friends who have lots of experience 
with the Miss Alabama circuit. They will be such a big help in 
making sure I am polished and ready," Bryan said. 

Story: Tara White 


Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

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Into the Woods 

Beeson Woods Life 

On the outskirts of the east side of campus, under a 
tunnel and over a bridge, to Beeson Woods we go. 
Three-story brick buildings resembling large houses 
rather than dormitories are nestled on the edge of a ravine 
between impressive greenery. The area is dotted with quaint 
street lamps and gives residents the feel of a community all to 
Residence Life has been active this year in Beeson Woods 
working to make the community even tighter. Through activities 
ranging from karaoke jam sessions, movie nights and free bowling 
to the famous annual Beeson Ball, students were able to have a 
good time and meet their neighbors. 
This was the first year that Beeson Woods residents have been able 
toexpresstheirinnerpop stars via Res Life karaoke. Upperclassmen 
secured their five minutes of fame as they performed in Harry's 
with flair. And yes, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," also 
known as the theme | 
song from "Titanic," 
was sung. 

"That was such 
a great turn-out," 
junior Marvin Hall 
Resident Assistant 
and English major 
Tai Richardson said. 
"So many people 

came, and it was like the real deal. There was a sound board, 
amps and a screen with the music lyrics. The Beeson Woods 
staff sang a song together." 

Residence Life movie nights also took place in Harry's, where 
over the course of the year several films such as "Eagle Eye" 

Residence Life has been 
active this year in Beeson 
Woods working to make the 
community even tighter. 

were shown on the big screen as students munched on popcorn. 

In April, Residence Life treated residents to a free night of 

bowling at the Vestavia Bowl Family Fun Center. 

But not all the events which took place in Beeson Woods were 

fun and games. Several robberies took place over the Christmas 

holiday. Rooms in James, Ralph, Luther, Marvin, Wesley and 

Evergreen were broken into and items were stolen. As of early 

February, according to The Samford Crimson, 13 thefts had 

been reported. Electronics such as TVs, laptops and DVDs were 

the most frequently stolen items. 

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management 

subsequently cracked down on its security practices, and life in 

Beeson Woods went on. 

Beeson Woods Residence Life had two main events, which set 

the tone for the year. In November, Beeson Ball 2008, a formal 

affair which independent Beeson residents look forward to all 

year, was held at 5th Avenue Antiques in 

downtown Birmingham. The theme for the 

night was "Unforgettable." 

"The dance area had hard-wood floors, so 

the music ricocheted off of it and made it 

even louder," junior communication studies 

major Meg Cochran said. "There were a 

couple of times when we would just circle 

up, and people did the worm and these crazy 

gyration moves. Everyone was drenched in 


"Beeson Ball was crunk," junior communication studies 
major Steven Williams said. "The techno brought (jut the inner 
European in me." 
The other main event was the grand re-opening of the former 

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Rosa recreation room into the hip, re-decorated "The Underground." 
The recreation room had formally been available to students as a place 
to hang out, but the site was unattractive to residents and the room was 
almost always empty as a result. A fall town-hall style meeting with Vice 
President of Operations and Planning Sarah Latham resulted in the 
refurbished hang-out. 

"At the town-hall meeting with Sarah Latham, she asked what stuff 
students would want to see improved, and I said 'How about that room 
under Rosa? I think we should utilize it,'" senior Orlean Hall RA and 
psychology major Jonathan Davev said. "Shortly thereafter, plans started 
to come about to get the Rosa room ready." 

"The Underground" now has a fresh coat of paint, a ping-pong 
table, pool table, vending machines, comfy furniture and an impressive 
collection of board games. Beeson Woods has a new hot spot. 


Story: Lydia Hignite 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: lanell King & Jordan Jarvis 

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Tis the Season for 

Christmas at Samford 

Some call it the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas time that is. How 
could it not be? With lights, cookies, singing, hot chocolate and overgenerous 
people everywhere, Christmas usually stands as one of the most anticipated holidays of 
the year. People look forward to Christmas not only for the aforementioned excitement, 
but also for the traditions that every individual, family or in our case, institution holds 
dear. From the garland and wreaths on the front gates to the annual Christmas dinner 
in the Caf, there's so much to look forward to. "I love the warmth everyone here gives 
off," sophomore political science major Daniel Lentz said. "We want to be with our real 
families, but when we can't be with them, our Samford family fills in and forms a new 
type of Christmas experience that cannot be found elsewhere." 

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By no means does Samford take the Christmas season lightly. 
At the end of November, an oversized Christmas tree is placed 
in front of the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library. The enormous 
spherical ornaments glimmer as they catch the quickly fading 
sunlight, signaling the end of the year. The decor provides for a 
beautiful scene and a backdrop for many a photo-op. The tree's 
presence sets an attitude of anticipation and teases students until 
the campus is lit up with Christmas magic during the Lighting of 
the Way and the Hanging of the Green. 

"The lights at night are my favorite. I can sit down by the tree 
and meditate and just get lost in the real reason for the season," 
Lentz said. The Lighting of the Way event is the favorite among 
many it seems. Brittany Wilson, sophomore business major, said, 
"Lighting of the Way is definitely the best part of the Christmas 
festivities here at Samford. It's so fun to walk from Reid Chapel 
over to the tree and just watch the quad transform into such a 
beautiful landscape." 

The Lighting of the Way and Hanging of the Green are two 
of Samford's most time-honored and beloved traditions. But 
the Christmas Spirit is definitely not limited to these two major 
events. Whatever you enjoy, there's some event at Samford that 
is guaranteed to spread the joy of Christmas to everyone. It 
would be impossible to ignore the plethora of Christmas parties 
and festivities thrown by almost every organization on campus. 
There's the Festival of Christmas Music, tacky Christmas sweater 
parties, the Bells of Buchanan Christmas Concert and who can 
forgef the live nativity scene portrayed by the brothers of Pi 
Kappa Phi. 

Christmas at Samford is something more magnificent and 
wonderful than anywhere else. "I just look so forward to 
Samford's Christmas traditions. I always get in the best mood 
from all the warmth and excitement of the season and the time 
I get to spend with my friends," Wilson said. There's something 
for everyone at Samford to get even the biggest "Scrooge" in 
the Christmas spirit. With a plethora of traditions, Samford does 
not disappoint during the holiday season. 

Story: Tara White 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Dubose Ratchford 

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n event that started out as a sing along on the steps 
of Renfroe Hall at Howard College in 1951 has 
, grown to be one of Samford's most cherished 
traditions. In 1957, Howard College moved to Lakeshore Drive, 
bringing with it the Step Sing tradition. 

The first Step Sing at this location was held during convocation. 
Many changes, including the addition of costumes and props, took 
place during the 1 960s. In 1 966, the year after Howard College became 
Samford University, emcees became a part of the show. In 1 967, groups 
began choosing a theme around which to base its show. In 1 970, Step 
Sing celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the Sweepstakes Trophy was 
added. A few years later, the first band accompanied the performances. 
In 1976, Step Sing moved to its current home in the Wright Center 
Concert Hall. Groups began using recorded music instead of the Step 
Sing band in the early 1990s, and the committee began awarding the 

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Participants' Choice Award to the cast members' favorite shows. 

Under the direction of the Student Activities Council and the 
Office of Student Involvement, students organize the Step Sing 
shows. This includes music arrangement, choreographv 
and costume design. Step Sing allows students to 
participate through leadership development, 
organizational administration and time 
management, and it continues to be one of 
the most popular traditions at Samford. 

Step Sing 2009, Standing Ovation, was held 
from February 12-14 in the Wright Center. 
It marked the 59th anniversary of Step Sing. 
Participants put over 40 hours of hard work 
into the show, and directors spent even more time 
preparing for the sold-out shows. The committee prepared all 
throughout the year, and without their hard work and dedication, 
this year's production would not have been such a success. The 
theme, Standing Ovation, places emphasis on the participants and 
their excitement, motivation and enthusiasm through the weeks 
leading up to Step Sing. 

Each year, die Step Sing Committee and 
participants choose a community service project 
to support. This year, NorthStar Youth Ministries 
of Birmingham, Ala. was die philanthropy 
chosen. This organization provides spiritual, moral, 
educational and career support to help young 
people in Birmingham raised in low to moderate 
income families. It relies on support from the 
community to make programs available. This year, the Thursday 
night performance was deemed Community Night, and a portion 

g kids to 
NorthStar's summer Bible camp. 
However, monev was collected 
during intermission and after every 
show, and over $9,000 was raised 
throughout the weekend. 
The Step Sing scholarship was first awarded 
in the 1980s. It is a prestigious award because 
it is based on Samford campus involvement 
and academic strength. The 2009 winners of the 
Step Sing scholarships are freshmen Stephanie Smith 
and Allison Morgan, sophomores Autumn Bagwell and 
Maddie Henderson and juniors Emily Aiken and Emma 

Senior biology major Laura Matthews and senior religion major 
Grant Millsaps served as the directors for this year's Step Sing. 
Both of diem were former committee members, and they are both 
invc )lved in multiple other areas of campus. Matthews and Millsaps 
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Step Sing a success. The 
2009 emcees, sophomore 
c< >mmunication studies 
major Meredith Howard 
and junior religion major 
Ben Telfair added to 
the excitement. With 
their clever, humorous 
introductions, they helped to keep the audience's attention, and 
interest throughout each show. 

Every performance group 
had it out to win, and they 
each gave it their all. 

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We had fun doing it, 
and I think that really 
showed on stage. 

As with every Step Sing competition, participants' eyes were 

set on the Sweepstakes Trophy. Every performance group 

had it out to win, and they each gave it their all. Pi Kappa Phi 

took Sweepstakes, wowing the audience with their show, 

"Open for Business." Previously, Pi Kappa Phi had not 

won Sweepstakes since 1996 but took Overall Participant's 

Choice Award in 2006. Director of the Pi Kappa Phi show, 

junior music and pre-medicine major Adam Murphy, said, 

"This year we had a lot of energy coming into our show. 

Our new associates' class was full of strong musicians and 

our brothers that participated were excited and ready to lead. 

We didn't practice 'hard' per se, but we had fun doing it, and 

I think that really showed on stage. The reaction from the crowd 

on the Monday night dress rehearsal really helped get us pumped 

up for the whole week." 

Murphy said the idea for the show came up when he was joking 
around with a few friends. They were listening to "It's Business 
Time" by Flight of the Conchords one day and thought it would 
be a great song for a Step Sing show. Then they came up with 
a few other songs such as "Takin' Care of Business" and "The 
Office" theme song at that time. After that, he said, "The show 
just caught fire in the fraternity and everyone would start to 
contribute ideas." 

Murphy claimed that Pi Kappa Phi "didn't come into the show 
expecting to win or even thinking of (themselves) as contenders. 
(They) just wanted to put on a fun show that people would really 
want to watch again and again." When they won Sweepstakes, 
the fraternity was "absolutely overjoyed," Murphy said. He said it 
"was just a sensational experience for (himself) and for all of Pi 
Kappa Phi." 

The first runner-up was former Sweepstakes Award winner 
Dudes-a-Plenty, an all-male group that gets together just for 
Step Sing. Their 2009 act was "The Show." Independent Ladies 
took second runner-up with "Home Alone." This group also 
organizes just for Step Sing and is a former Sweepstakes Award 
winner. The Participants' Choice Awards went to Independent 
Ladies for Music, Phi Mu for Choreography, Dudes-a-Plenty for 
Costumes and Pi Kappa Phi for Most Entertaining Show. All of 
the performances were entertaining, and it was evident that the 
participants and committee put forth their best efforts to make it 
a success once again. 

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Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

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Emcees: Ben Telfair & Meredith Howard 
1st Runner-Up: 

Dudes-a-Plenty: "The Show" 
2nd Runner-Up: 

Independent Ladies: "Home Alone" 
Sweepstakes Award winner: 

Pi Kappa Phi: "Open For Business" 




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Taking a Deep, Ore 

Spring Fling 2009 

Full green leaves sprouting on trees, birds chirping and 
Samford's landscaping looking its best. Sundresses pulled 
from the depths of closets, and sunglasses serving as an all- 
function accessory. The collaboration of these things can only 
mean one thing: springtime at Samford. As the second semester 
and school year come to a close, students feel the itch to get 
outside and enjoy the warm, sunny days of April and May. And 
what better way to celebrate the coming of this refreshing season 
than with SGAs Spring Fling activities. 
The 2009 Spring Fling was free of rain and full of energy. 
The Student Activities Council (SAC) put on a show this year 
with many multi-themed and crowd-drawing activities. The 
week started off great with a Residence life-sponsored cosmic 
bowling night. "It was so fun to take a break from the stresses of 
school and just be able to hang out with my friends," freshman 
nursing major Kathleen Cleveland said. Amid the black lights 
and melodic music, students came out for a night of strikes and 
spares, reach' for a little healthy competition. "My friends and I 

had the best time," Cleveland said. 

Wednesday night also brought the heat as Samford's baseball 
team battled the Alabama Crimson Tide to pull out a nail-biting 
win. The packed stadium cheered loudly for its Bulldogs as the 
team clinched the victory. Thursday featured multiple events 
included a catered lunch in Ben Brown Plaza from Buffalo Wild 
Wings in and a concert by the band, Thalon, in Harry's later that 

Friday brought the biggest action of all with a highly anticipated concert 
from Matt Wertz. SAC Concert Co-Chair Hollee Harris said, "Wertz 
was really excited about playing at Samford." The sophomore 
journalism and mass communication major said the concert turn- 
out was huge and was "so happy to be a part of bringing the 
student's number one requested artist to campus." SAC and Spring 
Fling Committee members served refreshments to concertgoers 
and gave away commemorative glasses. The atmosphere for the 
concert was electric as Wertz rocked Ben Brown Plaza on a warm 
April night. 


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4 The sense of community felt in the 
Spring Fling activities is what draws 
students out year after year. ' 

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The final day of the week brought a Recreation Day on the 
Quad and a competitive Battle of the Bands teeming with talent. 
Although the weather was slightly overcast, Spring Flingers 
still came out to jump around on inflatables and cheer on their 
favorite musicians. "Battle of the Bands was a huge success this 
year and brought a ton of people together," Harris said. 

The sense of community felt in the Spring Fling activities is 
what draws students out year after year. "It's an effort to bring 
students together. It's a good time for everyone to just hang out," 
Ashley Oliver, the Spring Fling Co-Chair and junior elementary 
education major, said. Students are sure to find fun in one of the 
many activities offered and are always able to spend some quality 
social time with others. With all of these events, Spring Fling 
marks the beginning of the prettiest time on Samford's campus 
with festivities, food, fun and friends. 

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Students DUrSC Outside the Bubble 

Studying Abroad 

It's so important for students 
to be able to form their own 
opinions about the world based 
on first-hand experience. 

When I tell people outside of Samford that I went to London for Jan Term, they 
are genuinely impressed. I often hear, "Life in London? For two whole weeks? 
What a wonderful cultural experience!" When I tell other Samford students and 
professors about my trip, one of the first questions they will ask is, "So, where do you want to 
go next?" It's not that they consider London to be a dull trip. In fact, after I tell them about 
Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Wicked, they're ready to hop the pond themselves. It's just 
that anyone familiar with Samford is familiar with the extensive study abroad opportunities 
offered here. 

Within the past few years, Samford students have had the opportunity to travel to places 
such as England, Greece, Costa Rica, Italy, Peru and the Caribbean. In Summer 2009 alone, 
Samford has groups going to China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Spain and Tanzania. 
Through individualized study-abroad programs, students are even able to study in Austria, 
Japan, Norway, Senegal, Singapore and Trinidad. The travel options are seemingly endless for 
Samford students who feel trapped inside the bubble. 

What is one of the best things about studying abroad? Getting class credit with the world 
as your classroom. Senior management and finance major Christopher Putt earned credit for 

Classics 304: Eternal Rome simply by doing as the Romans do. 
"Our Samford group spent Jan Term in the heart of Rome, 
about a 1 5 minute walk from St. Peter's and a 1 5 minute walk 
from the Coliseum," he said. "Since we stayed in the same 
place for the whole two weeks, we really got to call it home." 
Anna Page, a junior Spanish major, had a similar experience 
last summer in Spain. "Actually living in Madrid and being 
able to explore its diversities was an amazing experience," she 
said. "Samford made it so easy for us to immerse ourselves in 
the culture and get to live like Spaniards for a month." 
But studying abroad is not just something a student does for a summer, semester or }an Term. 
The effects of global travel can last a lifetime. "After spending a semester living in London, I 
know that I want travel to be a part of my life no matter what I end up doing in my career," 
junior journalism and mass communication major Shannon Dille said. To Kaitlin McCulley, 
a junior English and journalism and mass communication double major, a study abroad 
experience is key to becoming a well-rounded global citizen. "I think it's so, so important for 
students to be able to form their own opinions about issues going on in the world based on 
first-hand experience," she said. "If students never get to see how people in other cultures live 
their lives on a daily basis, they can never begin to understand where another person is coming 
from." Classics department chair Stephen Todd said he encourages students of all majors to 
travel as much as they can while at Samford. "If you've always wanted to go to Germany or 
Spain or Greece or Italy, now's the time to do it," Todd said. We have the travel opportunities 
of a lifetime laid out in front of us — all we have to do is take them. 

Story: Lauren Womack 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Anna Page, Dana Basinger, 

Jonathan Davey, Shannon Flynt 


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K0purt£pJ\\ rough Place and 

Theatre C / 

Enter the Bonnie Bolding Swearingen Hall on the 
southwest corner of the Quad, aimlessly wander through 
the maze of staircases peppered throughout the building, 
and you may well end up in the costume shop of the Theatre 
Department. To have a glimpse into this abyss of fabrics and 
pincushions is to take a peek into the diversity of the 2008 to 
2009 season of shows. 

On one of the clothing racks hang the remnants of the intricate 
dresses and cavalier-esque attire from the season opener, Aphra 
Behn's The Rover. Open a cabinet door and you'll reveal the simple 
frocks of an Irish family scrounging to make ends meet, and you 
may not overlook the dead pet rooster of family member, Rosie, 
in Brian Friel's Dancing At Tughnasa. Look up on a shelf or two 
and you'll note a contemporary, trendy lineup of clothing as a 
result of the Musical 
Theatre Ensemble 
bringing some street 
savvy women to the 
stage in A... My 
Name Will Always 
Be Alice, or some 
diverse, beautifully 
designed costumes 

for the annual dance production, Momentum. The remaining 
clothing racks are either gloomily laden with the poor Wingfield 
family garments of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, 

This show was a true bonding 
experience for the cast as they took 
on the traits of a family knit as tightly 
as the gloves they made. 

or they are graced with the elegance of the Lord family in the 
1930's situational musical comedy, High Society. 
The curtain rose in early October to unveil a fantastic 
scenic representation of Naples during Carnival time in the 
seventeenth century with the production, The Rover. The director 
and cast translated the difficult text of the play from the stage 
to the audience and made it relatable to today's society while 
simultaneously keeping Behn's original time period and setting. 
Skip several centuries to 1936 Ireland and the setting for Brian 
Friel's Dancing at Tughnasa. This heart-warming drama is set 
within the cottage of the Mundy sisters and is told as a memory 
from the grown son of one of the sisters, Michael. This show 
was a true bonding experience for the cast as they took on the 
traits of a family knit as tightly as the gloves they made, as well 
as taking on Irish accents. Cast member Sarah 
Chase Kee, a sophomore theatre major, said, 
"Not only did we bond as sisters on the stage, 
but off stage as well. Lughnasa was a pivotal 
point not only in my acting career but in 
building lasting friendships." 

Student Director senior theatre major Emily 

Hoppe and musical director Dr. Randall 

Richardson led Samford's Musical Theatre 

women in the hysterical and feminine show, A... My Name Will 

Always Be Alice. There was so much talent amongst these women 

that there were two separate casts who were silhouetted against a 

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A... My Name Will Always Be Alice was one of many plays the 
theater department performed this year. From the costumes to 
the stage setting to the actors themselves, the theater depart- 
ment went above and beyond to put on quality productions 
throughout the year. 

city skyline giving the show a jazzy, urban 
feel. The show is a musical revue with 
songs, monologues and scenes about 
the lives of women at different stages. 
Junior musical theatre major Alexandra 
Tate, who was a part of the ensemble, 
said, "Alice is such a dynamic show fillec 
with love, laughter, tears and songs tha 
women of every age can relate to anc 
gives guys an enjoyable insight into the 
thoughts and feelings of (women)." 

In February, the glamorized scene of Alice was left for the harsh 
city life of 1930s St. Louis. Like Lughnasa, Tennessee Williams' 
The Glass Menagerie is a memory play told from the perspective of 
the son of the Wingfield family, Tom. The tragically heartbreaking 
drama deals with the Wingfield's struggle against the hopelessness 
that threatens them. The cast tackled the powerful play with all 
their might and left an imprinted memory on the minds of the 
audience members. 

Throughout the spring, the Theatre Department proved that 
they could devour the challenge of acting, singing and finally 
dancing. They put on their dancing shoes to set Momentum into 
motion as the final piece to the trio-talents. The dances were 
each separately choreographed by the fall choreography class, 
dancers within the Department of Theatre and director of the 
show Lisa Gibbs. These dances included styles such as lyrical, hip 
hop, classical ballet and modern, all with varying styles of music 
including classical, Muse, Broadway and Coldplay. This was the 
largest production of the season with over 20 cast members and 
90 costumes. 

The Theatre Department closed the season with what Cole 
Porter would have called a "swellegant, elegant" show, High 
Society I. It is the classic film and play, The Philadelphia Story, 
set to music and dance. The two film versions of this plot were 

made famous by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, 
Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. On 
the matter of living up to these screen legends' images of the 
characters, senior musical theatre major Lydia Myers said, "It's 
intimidating to play a role made famous by two of your idols, 
not to mention, two of the greatest actresses of all time. While 
it was difficult to make a role like Tracy Lord my own, it was a 
challenge and an honor I was happy to accept." 

On your way out of the costume shop, don't miss the Alligator 
tail refusing to be tucked into the closet. This costume was from 
the Creative Drama classes' touring production of children's 
show, Feliciana Feydra LeRoux. And please don't lose an eye or 
a limb by the swords in the corner used for the acting classes 
lessons in stage combat and swashbuckling. If ever you see 
warfare or conflict on the quad that seems to result in violence, 
do not fear; it is merely the actors ever- fervently honing and 
perfecting their craft. 

Story: Chelsea Reynolds 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Jordan Jams & Lauren W'omack 

Samford Life I Cultivating Experience 43 

2008-2009 Samford University 

f& Season 

Aphra Behn's 
The Rover 

Brian Friel's 
Dancing At Lughnasa 

Joan Micklin Silver and 
Julianne Boyd's 

A... My Name Will 
Always Be Alice 

Tennessee Williams' 
The Glass Menagerie 

Ben Elton's 
High Society 

Dance Ensemble 

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This year, as every year, has had its ups and downs, good times and 
bad tiipes. But through it all, Christ has remained the Rock and 
cornerstone of Samford University; As seasons come to an end, we 
must take the time to look back and reflect oat all the Lord has done and the 
lessons that we have learned. 
"There is a time for everything, and a seaseai for every activity under the 
heavens ... I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can 
be added to it and nothing taken from it" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 14). As we look 
back on the 2008-09 school year, let us see how we have grown individually, as 
a community and as a member of the global body of Christ. Let us we reflect 
on what the Lord has done both globally and within the Samford community 
and be in awe . . . 

Year in Review 

Samford Events 

Samford officially joins Southern Conference. July 1 ', 2008 
Construction begins on neY^fpotball fiekl house. July 2008 

field h 

s real bulldog mascot, Libb^d//cy/.<7 12, 200S 
Samford trustees endorse new strategic plan tor the university September 5, 2008 
Samford's first Southern Conference competition soccer ream plavs Elon University. September 26, 2008 
Samford president from 1983-2006, Dr. Thomas \\. Corts passes away. February 4, 2009 
Pi Kappa Phi takes Step Sing Sweepstakes trophy for their show "Open for Business". February 14, 2009 
Samford sets record with 2,175 undergraduate applications for fall 2009. February 17, 2009 
Science building is dedicated and named William Self Propst Hall. March 10, 2009 
Samford announces fate of Ramsav Hall. WL)0 c ; 

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National & World Events 

• Gas hits $4 a gallon. June 9, 2008 

• Wall Street meltdown/"stock market crash" 

• Congress passes Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2009. October 3, 2008 

• Barack Obama, first non-white president of the United States elected. November 4, 2008 

• Israel attacks Gaza. December 27, 2008 

• Barack Obama inaugurated as new U.S. president. January 20, 2009 

• Somali pirates take captain of American ship Maersk Alabama hostage. April 9, 2009 
U.S. declares swine flu as a public health emergency. April 26, 2009 

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Political Participation 

Samford and the 2008 Election 

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I he tension leading up to the presidential election of 2008 
I was palpable even within die Samford bubble. Voter 
I registration drives, p< ilitical speakers and election articles 
in the Crimson reminded the students of that important day 
in November. Part of Samford's approach to the election was 
perhaps unique among other college campuses. Several Samford 
events including a panel discussion, an academic lecture and a 
screening of a debate between presidential candidates Barack 
Obama and John McCain addressed the relationship between 
faith and politics. 

The theme of these events reflected the effort that many 
Samford students made to discover how their religious beliefs 
should affect their participation in the election. Junior political 
science major Lauren Howard expressed the feeling many 
students share that leaving faith out of politics is impossible 
because her relationship with God is an inalienable part of who 
she is. Howard's faith certainly encouraged her own participation 
in government matters as she led efforts at Samford for McCain's 
campaign throughout the election year. "My faith is a huge part 
of my life. You can't separate that," Howard said. 
Junior English major Matt Campbell also got involved in the 
presidential election this year. Campbell took the fall semester 
off to work full-time for the Obama campaign and was excited 
when Obama won. He said that if people didn't like the outcome 
of the election, the result should only be encouragement for 
them to get more involved in politics. "This election, more than 

any other one, has shown the power of the individual to act. It 
is an invitation to make change," Campbell said. 

Though students' faith led them to get involved in politics 
by voting for a specific candidate in the 2008 Election, many 
students affirmed that life would indeed go on whether or not 
they voted for Obama. "In some countries, the result of an 
election like this has serious repercussions. Some people may 
die because of it," junior political science major Ross Glendye 
said. Many are resting in the belief that Glendye expressed that 
the structure of the American government prevents anything 
terrible from happening in the country due to the election of a 
president. With Obama's visions, the country may be due for a 
change, but it will not be one that is detrimental to the nation 
as a whole. 

Like many Christians, freshman religion major Andrew Toney 
tried to lo< >k at the American government within a larger context. 
He felt it was important to exercise his right to vote not only for 
America itself, but for the global community as well. His taith 
also led him to not stress about the outcome of the election. 
"Politics is an area where we tend to forget God's sovereignty. 
God reaches further tiian politics and doesn't need a political 
system to do His work," Toney said. 

Story. Amanda Cherry 

Layout Megan Marr 

Photographs: Jordan laivis. 

Lauren W'bmack, Matt Campbell 

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One aspect of Samford that continues to stand out each 
year is the global awareness activism of its students. 
Everywhere you look, there is an opportunity to join 
in the fight against all kinds of injustices, such as fair trade and 
poverty, just to name a couple. In the effort to increase awareness 
of global problems, Samford decided that the 2008-2009 school 
year was the time to really "go green." 

The administration made many green changes throughout the 
year, specifically headed by the leadership of Dr. Sarah Latham, 
the new Vice President of Operations and Planning. The most 
noticeable change was the removal of trays from the caf. After 
much uproar and withdrawal pains, it was been reported that 
the trays actually decreased food waste and water usage. Also, 
recycling bins were placed in every residence area, outside the 
post office and even in Ben Brown Plaza. 

"We worked with Waste Management to bring the bins to 
campus. We started with an audit of campus space to identify 
the locations and ensure that they would be present in every 
academic and administrative building," Latham said. In addition 
to these changes, the printers on campus now only print on 
recycled paper, which reportedly already saved 547 mature trees 
from being cut down. 

Not only did the administration take great strides to improve 
the "greenness" of Samford this year, but the students also 
stepped up and took on their own role. A major player in the 
fight for environmental awareness is Kelly Burns, the president 
of Restoring Eden, a group on campus that is dedicated to being 
good stewards of God's creation. "Restoring Eden is mainly 
working to improve student habits," Burns said. They are trying 
to do this by spearheading green efforts such as a cleanup of the 
Cahaba River and a huge Earth Day project to raise awareness 

and inspire action against non eco-friendly practices. 

Green awareness has definitely been spread around Samford 
and doesn't look to slow down anytime soon. More and more 
people seemed to frequent the recycling bins this year. Even 
plastic bins were placed in the food court as makeshift recycling 
centers. The Alpha Delta Pi and Chi Omega houses also both 
have their own improvised recycling bins in their houses. Chi 
Omega even presented a Step Sing show entitled "Go Green," 
challenging their 
sisters and the 
audience to practice 
more earth-friendly 

The tides are 
definitely changing 
here at Samford. 
Going green is 
no longer seen 

as unnecessary, but as the way of the future. We now have 
the ability to check the statistics of how much improvement 
Samford is making each month on the "Go Green" website. 
Samford is a well-respected institution and can only improve 
upon diat image with a more environmentally friendly and 
"green" campus. The administration is working on developing a 
new Transportations Services department that will "coordinate 
alternative transportation, taking the lead on our long established 
Commute Smart program, including bicycle rentals and Zipcars," 
Latham said. Samford made great strides this year and has come 
so far in its green improvements that it can only have room to 
keep improving. 

The tides are definitely chang 
here at Samford. Going green is 
longer seen as unnecessary, but 
the way of the future. 


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Story: Tara White 

^ayout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Leah |ane Henderson & )anell King 

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Why did you 

A Growing Attraction. 

^e Samford? 

I like that I can discuss 
my beliefs with others here 
and know that they feel the 
same way I do. 

Samford University ranked in the top 27 among all 
national universities according to the Center for College 
Affordability and Productivity of Washington, D.C. in fall 
2008. Samford was also the only private institution in Alabama 
among the national universities category, and it was only one of 
three institutions in the state to rank in the second tier (University 
of Alabama was No. 91 and Auburn University was No. 96). 

This year, Samford offered 24 degree programs and nearly 100 
majors throughout eight schools. Samford also had 17 NCAA 
Division I intercollegiate sports, 
100 student organizations and 
seven national Greek organizations. 
In other words, we're pretty much a 
big deal. 

For most of us, those specific 
facts were news to take pride in. 
Samford is the 87th oldest college 
or university in America, so we're 
definitely not the new kid on the 
block, but you can bet we have 

enough to keep the numbers coming. All those statistics and 
rankings are fantastic, but if we're talking about what really 
draws students to Samford, we're going to have to dig a little 
deeper than U.S. News and World Report. 

If Samford were a person it would be the Homecoming Queen, 
the jock, the nerd and the artist all rolled into one. We've got the 
smarts. We've got the heart. We've got the skills. So, let's hear it 
from the people who actually go to Samford. Sorry, rankings and 
statistics — the students are the ones who really knew what's 
going on. 

Many students were hooked from the first time they set foot on 
Samford's campus. 

"After coming, visiting and seeing the campus, I was interested 
in the school itself. After meeting the people and being around 
the football team, I just knew that this is where I wanted to go," 
sophomore interior design major and football player Austin 
Hayes said. 

Samford's atmosphere was a major draw for many students like 
senior accounting major John ]ansen. 

"I liked the small class sizes and that it is a Christian university. I 
knew it wasn't going to be a party school," Jansen said. 

For others, Samford was a place to explore their faith in a secure 

"My favorite part of Samford is the Christian atmosphere," 
first-year pharmacy student Whitney Cowart said. "That is 
definitely a major reason why I chose it. I like that I can discuss 
my beliefs with others here and know that they feel the same way 
I do. It is such a great support system and I have grown so much 
in my faith since being here." 

Samford wasn't a first choice for some students, but often 
the) just couldn't stay away. Sophomore journalism and mass 
communication major and transfer student Lauren Sharpe is one 
of these students. 

"I chose to come to Samford after a year at Belmont because 
Samford felt like much more of a fit. All throughout my freshman 
year I kept thinking about the opportunities and the experiences 
I was missing at Samford," Sharpe said. "I was a journalism 
major at Belmont, but I just really wanted to be a part of the 
journalism department here. The faculty is exceptional. They 
have such welcoming personalities and really have students' best 
interests at heart." 
Going away to college for the first time is scary and overwhelming, 
but somehow becoming a student 
at Samford makes it a little easier. 
College may only last for four years, 
but Samford had more to offer each 
year. It's like hitting shuffle on your 
iPod. One minute you're jamming out 
to a favorite, but then. ..shuffle! The 
pace will completely change. Change 
is good; it keeps us on our toes. 

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Photos clockwise from top: The Quad serves as a place 
for studying, throwing the disc or just basking in the sun 
tor a quick nap year after year. Alex Huguenard sports the 
Samford Red and Blue during a pregame tailgate. Students 
gather in Ben Brown Plaza in between classes for some 
time to catch up and get a breath of fresh air. 

Story: Caroline May 

Layout: Sarah Andrews 

Photographs: |ulian Hollar, |anell King, Jordan Jarvis 

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of the Real World 


"I can't get no satisfaction." The Rolling Stones said it and 
students have all felt it. Samford students put hours on end into 
school work preparing for a sometimes seemingly distant degree. 
Until the moment they walk across the stage at graduation, 
many students have felt somewhat dissatisfied when the work is 
continually piled on. But indeed, in the end it's all worth it. 

A number of undergraduate programs at Samford require 
students to complete an internship in their chosen career field 
before graduation. Education majors, like senior Katy Hankins, 
begin their clinical placements in the second semester of their 
sophomore year and spend three weeks in schools for 

three semesters. Majors are also required to spend 

a fan-Term month getting in- classroom experience. 

The first semester of senior year, they are in the 

classroom every week for three days a week, four hours at a time. 
Their final semester is spent student-teaching. All these hours 
pile on, but education majors agree that the work is not a waste 
of time. 

"I have learned from working with students what is effective 
in teaching and what is not. This has given me the opportunity 
to apply what I have learned in my classes and use it to help 
students learn as well as strengthen my ability to teach once I'm 
in the classroom as the lead teacher. We learn so much during 
that experience that can never be taught through a lecture," 
Hankins said. 

Not only does in-field experience 
help students get real world experience 
and build upon what they learn in the 
classroom, but it makes them more 
marketable as well. A 2006 study by the 
National Association of Colleges and 
Employers (NACE) indicated that 62.5 
percent of new college hires performed 
undergraduate internships. Employers 
responding to the association's 2007 
Recruiting Benchmarks Survey reported 
that they offered full-time jobs to almost 
two-thirds of their interns. 

Completing an internship before 
graduation can also open students' 
eyes to what they really want to do 
after graduation. "I would definitely 
encourage everyone who doubts their 
major to find an internship before they 
graduate. Interning confirmed to me 
that I was in the right major and that I 
have a passion for design, so it was well 
worth it," senior interior design major 
Elysia Boes said. 

Senior Spanish and Latin American studies major Jen Vinson 
agreed. "I was a teacher's aid at Edgewood Elementary School 

with their ESL (English as a Second Language) program. It was 
a great opportunity for me because I realized I was called to 
work with Spanish missions," Vinson said. 

According to the 2001 Job Outlook Survey by the NACE, 
employers say the perfect job candidate is a graduate who brings 
relevant work experience to the table and this experience is 
gained mostly through internships. 

Another group of hard working students out in the field 
are the nursing majors. Nursing majors must complete four 
semesters of clinicals at local hospitals. Along with the rigorous 
class curriculum, they are getting hands-on experience with real 
patients. Senior nursing major and soccer player Jenna Sturgill 
had to balance varsity soccer with her nursing schedule. "Each 
clinical day is extremely important since you never know r what 
you are going to get to do or experience," Sturgill said. "It was 
a challenge juggling my soccer travel schedule with my required 
clinical days, but having both of these commitments gave me 
even more experience in balancing life with my future career in 

The list of advantages to doing an internship or getting in- 
field experience seems endless, and it is clear that many Samford 
students believe this fact. Look out working world, Samford 
graduates come full of relevant work experience. How's that for 

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We learn so much during 
that experience that can never 
be taught through a lecture. 

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Quung n 

Samford takes art tela new 

Both Samford's creators and observers of art found artistic 
venues increasingly available both on campus and off 
this year. The Visidng Visual Ardst Series, located in the 
Samford Gallery, held various exhibitions throughout the year. 
The art on display was often nadve to the Birmingham area. As a 
result, students were also given the opportunity to be involved in 
discussions with the artists themselves at lectures and receptions 
( >n campus. 

The fall semester's exhibits included Ted Whisenhunt's 
"One-Man Show." His eccentric paintings and sculptures are 
renowned throughout the Southeast for their unique beauty and 
rich preservation of Southern history and culture. Each piece 
represents an ancient southern superstition against evil spirits. 
The artist visited the gallery and gave a lecture for art students 
in which he explained and interpreted his work. "The students 
need to know that any art they produce has to come from their 
heart and their environment," Samford Gallery curator Robin 
Snyder said. Whisenhunt's lecture and work engaged students 
in an understanding of the importance of genuine inspiration 
behind creativity. 

The gallery was reopened for the spring semester, showcasing 
blown glass by Sam Cornman. Cornman's work is included 
in collections in Germany, New York and Japan, as well as in 
Birmingham. In addition to his exhibited work, Cornman held a 
workshop to offer hands-on instruction for art students at Bear 
Creek Glass, where his work resides. 

In addition to hosting visiting artists, the Samford Gallery 
also offered opportunities for student, alumni and faculty to 
showcase their work this year. Shows for graduating seniors and 
current students took place both semesters, and an alumni and 
faculty exhibition was on display throughout October and during 
I lomecoming. 

"Displaying student artwork is important because it allows the 
rest of the student body to really see the art students' talent," 
sophomore art major 1 izzy Newton said. The art on display was of 

diverse media. Samford's creativity manifesteditself through paint, 
pencil, sculpture and 

Opportunities for artistic 
flare stretch far beyond 
Samford's campus. 


"We not only try to 
reach our immediate 
students with these 
gallery shows, but we 
also try to reach all 
of Samford and the 
greater Birmingham 
area," Snyder said. 

Opportunities for artistic flare stretched far beyond Samford's 
campus this year as well. In September, over a hundred local 
artists gathered for Birmingham's annual Artwalk. Held at 
Urban Standard, an eclectic cafe downtown, the Birmingham 
Artwalk provided a diverse display of style and culture. Local 
undiscovered artists were given the opportunity to exhibit their 
work and disperse their names among Birmingham galleries and 
local connoisseurs. 

One undeniable artistic experience this year for Samford 
students as well as the entire city of Birmingham was the 
Leonardo da Vinci exhibit "Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from 
the Biblioteca Reale in Turin" at the Birmingham Museum of 
Art. The exhibit was the first ever display of da Vinci's drawings 
in the United States. The drawings were previously on display 
in the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy since 1831. Samford art 
students and faculty took advantage of the rare and enriching 
artistic opportunity and spent an entire day touring the exhibit 
and enjoying lunch downtown. 

Samford's art department and Birmingham's growing artistic 
market make the pursuit of art skills and creative culture easy 
and effective for the art student and the art-interested alike. 

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Story: EA Wade 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Jesse Walsh, 

Megan Marr & Leah Jane Henderson 

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Photos clock-wise from left: Freshmen had the opportuni- 
ty to go on the Freshman Retreat before classes started to 
get to know each other better in a more personal setting. 
Freshmen break free from timidness at the 90s Dance. 
This year, Pittman Hall was a women's residence. The 
occupying gender has bounced back and forth for a few 
years prior to the 2008-09 school year. 

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f Planting the Seedf 

Freshmen enter Samford as school's largest crop. 


was a little scared and 
hesitant, but once I got 
here I realized everyone's 
in the same boat. 

In the fall of 2008, a total of 708 freshmen 
(63 percent female, 37 percent male) worked to find 
their niche on campus, dealing with new factors 
ranging from dorm life to college-level academics. 
As for every freshmen class that steps on campus, the task which 
lav ahead for them was to explore, step outside of their comfort 
level and see what the newfound college lifestyle has to offer. 

"I wasn't quite sure what college life was going to be about," 
freshman sports medicine major Brittanv Truitt said. "I knew 
it was going to be being away 
from my family, making new 
friends and being on my own 
for the first time. I was a litde 
scared and hesitant, but once 
I got here I realized that everyone's 
in the same boat, and we're all 
trying to move on and start a new 
chapter of our lives." 

Director of the Office of 
Freshman Life Dana Basinger said that incoming freshmen at 
Samford tend to branch out and make friends more quicklv than 
their fellow freshmen at larger universities. 

"People come to Samford not knowing anybody," Basinger 
said. "And if you knew one person from high school, it probably 
wasn't your best friend. So everybody who comes here is sort of 
in the same place, where they have to get to 
know people quickly. I think that students at 
Samford bond faster than people at the state 
universities. You have to, and the bonds are 
strong among Samford students." 

College life presents a new challenge 
that freshmen faced in high school, but in 
college they often find it on a larger scale: 
how to juggle evervthing. New students are 
constantly working to find the right balance 
of work and play that will hopefully define 
the rest of their years as an undergraduate. 

"Settling into Samford wasn't as stressful 
as I thought it was going to be," freshman 
musical theatre major Logan Heim said. 
"The toughest thing for me was time 
management — managing all the different 
classes I had to go to along with rehearsals. 
It seems like there are not enough hours in 
the day to do everything." 

When it comes to academia, a new 
component of the university, which was 

specific to freshmen this year was the University Fellows 
program. This program, which replaced the Honors 
program, sought to aid students in fostering a working 
knowledge and curiosity that reaches both deep and wide. 
Apart from specialized, advanced courses, the program 
offered other benefits to its students as well. University 
Fellows students traveled to Rome, Italy in May. From 
August until May, freshmen continued to work to find their 
way to the inauguration of their time at Samford. 

"I've had a really good time getting to 
meet new people," freshman undeclared 
major Jordan Clark said. "I chose to 
participate in Greek life as well, and 
that has really been fun." 

Upperclassmen are likelv to agree that 
this one year could potentially set the 
tone for the rest of a student's life. 

"Even after a year, freshmen have 
grown and developed and changed 
as people," Basinger said. "I think we really offer that to 
students in the first year: an opportunity to open your mind, 
to learn and to develop relationships with each other and 
your professors. That trulv is a hallmark of the Samford 

Storv: Lydia Hignite 
Layout: Sarah Andrews 
Photographs: Leah Jane Henderson 

& Stephen Nelson 

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It seems quite the challenge to 
walk to class on a spring morning 
and not appreciate the beauty 
of Samford's campus. The Quad, an 
eye-catching part of the university, 
means a little something different 
to every student. To one person, the 
flourishing green grass provides the 
perfect place for a lunch date. To 
another, the Quad is the best place 
to hang around (literally) in the trees 
and enjoy a lazy afternoon. While for 
the more adventurous student, the 
Quad serves as the perfect place to 
play ultimate Frisbee or to jump the 
hill with a bicycle. 

Although opinions may vary, all 
students will agree that Samford's 
Quad is beautiful and unique. 

"The Quad is wonderful, but it has 
nothing to do with the Quad itself. It's 
the people, the time and the experience 
that makes it awesome," senior history 
major Andrew Westover said. 

Many students would probably agree 
they had some of their best memories 
this year on the soft green grass of our 

"My favorite memory on the 
Quad this year was going there 
after an extremely stressful week. A 
couple of my friends and I brought 
junk food, a blanket and a laptop 
to watch a movie underneath the 
stars," freshman biochemistry major 
Anna Worth said. 

However, the hammock club stood 

Although o 

out unanimously this year as the 

most unique part of Samford's Quad. 

Grouped together under the small 

trees by the library was 

an enticing display of 

hammocks. Students 

portrayed a distinct 

southern charm by 

allowing anybody 

to come and enjoy 

the hammocks on a I 

beautiful, preferably 

warm, day. Many 

students spent their afternoons in the 

hammocks reading, studying or even 

enjoying an afternoon nap. 

Though no matter how it may differ 
from other university green spaces, 
Samford's Quad is arguably the most 
beautiful one in the South. It is the 
only place where you can look to 
both ends and see gorgeous chapels 
or even go chill with Mr. Beeson and 
overlook the grand front gates. 

"The Quad is a wonderful place 
to sit and relax with friends on lazy 
afternoons, especially just before 
sunset when the beauty of the Quad 
really comes alive," sophomore 
philosophy and religion major 
Stephen Nelson said. 

It is easy to see how much the 
Quad is loved by Samford and its 
students year after year. Each day 
this year when the weather was 
good, you could expect to see several 
students out on the grass enjoying 

the sunshine. Without the Quad, the 
university would lose part of its own 

opinions ma> 
students will agree that Samford's 
Quad is beautiful & unique. 

So next year when you are walking 
to class or looking out the window 
when you should be paying attention 
during class, make sure to recognize 
beauty before you. The Quad is such 
a blessing to have here. We should all 
be thankful to have such a beautiful 
place to relax, study and enjoy the 
company of friends. 

Story: Alicia Phillips 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Leah jane Henderson, 

Jordan Jams & Dubose Ratchford 

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Samford in a 
Global Perspective 

International Students Study at Samford 

When it comes to recruiting international students, 
Samford's reputation is all it takes. "It's mostly 
relational recruiting," Associate Director of 
International Studies Ashley Gassner said. "A student will study 
here and go back to his or her country and tell friends. Then 
their friends want to come here." 

This year, the International Studies program had a total of 
43 students. Because the program was relatively small, the 
International Studies Office was able to help the students 
individually. "It's more one-on-one than anything. I work with 
them throughout the process: application, arrival, etc.," Gassner 

Countries Represented at Samford 

South Africa 


About 20 countries were represented on Samford's campus 
this year. Among these countries are Australia, South Africa, 
Croatia, Lebanon, the Bahamas and Nicaragua. "The majority 
of the students we have come for all four years, but we do have 
several that are here on exchange," Gassner said. The exchange 
program students come from Seoul Women's University in South 
Korea, Hong Kong Baptist University in China and Weingarten 
University in Germany. 

It's not always easy for students to be able to study in a foreign 
country. "It was difficult. I had to take all the exams, translate 
a lot of paperwork and do the whole visa process, which is 
long and expensive," senior international relations major and 
international student from Brazil Renan Silveira said. 

The paperwork is not the only hurdle international students 
have to clear. "Samford is a culture shock to them. It's different 
than a si ate college culture and other places abroad," Gassner 

Though Silveira faced a few challenges when he arrived at 
S. untord, he adjusted well. "1 have had good friends since the 
inning that helped me with everything. It was not hard for 
me to adapt," lie said. 

The International Club on campus is another thing that helped 
the students adapt to Samford culture. "The club 
helps integrate students into the campus population," Gassner 

explained. "But it's not just international students who are 
involved; it's domestic students and missionary kids, too." 

The International Club provides students with opportunities 
to share experiences, do community service, get involved on 
campus and even go on retreats. "The international retreat is a 
day-long retreat where regional colleges get together," Gassner 
said. "Students that go on the retreat love it because they get to 
meet students from other campuses and they get to see local 
southern culture." 

Most of the international students like the "local southern 
culture" found at Samford and in Birmingham. "Samford is a 
great school. Everybody is really nice and interested in different 
backgrounds," Silveira said. When he graduates from Samford, 
Silveira plans to return to Brazil and work with internati 

Though Samford helps international students learn and adapt 
to American culture, the international students help Samford 
students, too. "There are some people on campus who neva^et 
to go abroad, and this is a good way to be introduced to another 
country," Gassner said. ^ 

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Exchange Programs 

Seoul Women's University 
in South Korea 

Hong Kong Baptist University 
in China 

Weingarten University 
in Germany 

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Samford students serve abroad 

We as believers of Christ 
have been given the 
revelation of Jesus 
Christ. The mystery has been revealed 
to us and it is important to go tell others 
based on the Great Commission," 
junior sociology and religion major 
and Global Involvement Coordinator 
for University Ministries Hope 
Hamilton ; 

is referring 
to the 

found in 
28:19 that 
is known as 
the Great 

risk children in the U.S. and around 
the world; and Camp China, a 
mission which focuses on teaching 
conversational English to children in 

The purpose of the fair was for 
students to explore how their gifts can 
fit into the global context, Hamilton 

e send students to prayer 
walk, meet people and discov- 
er needs so that when we do 
send a church planter, they're 
not starting from scratch. 

Commission. "Go therefore and 
make disciples of all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father and 
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." 

It is this mandate, Hamilton said, 
which inspires Samford students to 
reach out to others in the name of 
Jesus Christ, whether it's in their own 
communities, across state lines or 
across international borders. 

In October, Beeson Divinity 
School's Global Center created a two- 
day-long Missions Emphasis, where 
several missions-oriented events were 
held on campus. The Global Center 
partnered with University Ministries 
to create a missions fair held in the 
University Center's Flag Colonnade 
on both of those days. Representatives 
came from 16 different missions 
organizations to talk to interested 

The specializations and countries 
of ministry were diverse. Some of 
the organizations present were Arab 
World Ministries, a ministry seeking 
to establish churches in Muslim 
countries; Buckner International, 
an organization working to connect 
missionaries with orphans and at- 

Opal Hardgrove works as 
New Ministry and Mentorship 
Development Coordinator for 
Mission to the World, an organization 
focused on building church-planting 
movements in several countries. 
Hardgrove said she noticed more 
students become particularly 
interested in arts-related ministries. 

"I have a lot of contact with 
students that are musicians or artists 
or photographers who would like to 
know where they could go and use 
their gifts," Hardgrove said. "Ireland 
is one of the areas where we do a lot 
of artsy-type things, and Greece is a 
new field I'm developing now which 
I think will be pretty artsy too." 

}osh Mulden, Missions 

Communication Specialist for the 
North American Mission Board, was 
also at the fair. Mulden was looking 
for students who were interested in 
the Board's two focuses: church- 
planting and evangelism. In particular, 
students have an opportunity during 
the summers to play a primary role in 

"We use a lot of our students in 
Canada to assist church-planters by 
having them go into the community 

before there is ever even a church 
plant," Mulden said. "We send 
students to do prayer walking, to meet 
people and to discover needs so that 
when we do send a church planter, 
they're not starting from scratch." 

Of the wide range of Christian 
ministry organizations that seek to 
recruit students interested in sharing 
their faith, Hamilton stressed that 
students can use just about anv 
interest they have to reach out to 

"If you like to do art or even 

doodle on a piece of paper while 

I you're in class, even doodling can 

be translated into the mission field 

as henna art," Hamilton said. "I 

have a friend that is in a Muslim 

country right now doing a henna 

art ministry, getting to know the 

henna artists. I even know a guy doing 

balloon art in Latin America." 

It seems the opportunities in 
ministry can encompass almost 
anything and it is clear after this year 
that Samford continues to work hard 
to make these opportunities available 
to all students. 

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Life Under New 

Insight to the working of Dr. Westmoreland 

From a tranquil office viewing the early signs of a spring courtyard, he sat calmly with 
the morning sun on his face, a loaded schedule humming on his mind and the Samford 
world resting heavily upon his pinstriped shoulders. Despite the consequences of an 
unsettling national economic crisis, Dr. Andrew Westmoreland continued this year to plan 
diligently for the present and future of the university he has now led for three years. 

"One of our main plans this coming year is to focus on recruitment because of the 
uncertainties of the economy and families who are troubled about how to manage their 
finances," Westmoreland said. "The key to our planning is to ensure we have an adequate 
number of well-prepared, bright students, and we are much more conscious of that this 
With comparative Furman University tuition rising to $45,000 for the 2009-2010 academic 
year, Westmoreland and his administration are striving to financially distinguish Samford as a 
place for students who want a quality education without the inflated cost of attendance, which 
currently sits at $26,000. 

In addition to recruitment, Westmoreland is vigilantly carrying out the Strategic Plan set forth 
by the administration this year. This plan outlines projected goals for scholarships, faculty 
enhancements, academic programs and capital projects. 

"One specific goal of the plan is to enhance the diversity of our campus," Westmoreland 
said. "We hosted a luncheon meeting for over 130 African American students, alumni and 
employees in order to start networking with them and get them involved with recruitment." 

In addition to diversity, the Strategic Plan calls for one-third of the entire campaign goal 
of $200 million to be put toward scholarships. Among many endowments to all manner of 
academic programs, it specifically provides the School of the Arts with a guest faculty series 
and "Steinway School" status, ensuring the excellence of its pianos and other instruments. 
Westmoreland said the plan also provides an International Studies endowment to "expand 
international partnerships and opportunities by providing essential administrative support to 
maintain an ambitious program." 

The Strategic Plan also expands endowments to programs 
such as the School of Nursing Clinical Learning Program 
and Simulation Laboratories for the maintenance of 
models, computers, simulators and diagnostic equipment 
used by students. Most notably, the plan projects funds 
for the creation of the new university center, which will 
double in size to centralize new and improved facilities 
including the food court, coffee shop, bookstore and all 
major offices. 

Westmoreland's plans, however, extend beyond the 
present Strategic Plan and into a larger vision for the future of the university. Upon the 
exchange of president in 2006, Westmoreland said he brought with him the qualities of 
visibility, accessibility and openness. 

"I want the walls to come down between students and administration," he said. "I want to 
tear down these silos that get built up and create a culture of warmth between students, faculty 
and administration." 

Westmoreland said he projects a further degree of openness beyond that of student- 
administrative relationships and places his ideology for Samford in the spirit of Christ. 

"I seek to avoid the narrow ideological claims that people have on us," Westmoreland said. 
"I want this to be a place where people can come with divergent ideas and find acceptance. I 
want Samford to be a place where we're not afraid." 

Samford's president will continue next year to trek from meeting to meeting, and even 
classroom to classroom, implementing his plans for the university. 

"If Samford is shot through with Christ-centered intellectual capacity and performance, 
then I think the world is drawn to that," Westmoreland said, "and our graduates can have a 
greater impact in shaping society and making a positive difference in the world." 

want to tear down these silos 
that get built up and create a cul- 
ture of warmth between students 
faculty and administration. 

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Going Beyond the Bubble 

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This year, a group of Samford students learned to live 
out the vision that Claiborne describes through a new 
ministry to the homeless. Every Sunday afternoon, 
a group of five to 20 students handed out sack lunches in 
downtown Birmingham and spent time with the people they met 
there. The group's intention was to build relationships with the 
people. They felt that being a dependable presence in the lives of 
the homeless was the way to effectively love them. 
When the group first went downtown, they didn't have a specific 
goal to accomplish. The weekly trip was simply about talking 
with the people and letting them know they are important. Senior 
sociology major Andrew Dick, who helped start the ministry 
with junior family studies major Chelsea Thompson, emphasized 
the importance of listening. "I thought we would talk a lot more, 
but they just want to be heard. It's about sitting with them and 
letting them talk for an hour," Dick said, junior religion major 
Alex Huguenard said being intentional about knowing the people 
allowed him to point them to the Lord and tell them about the 
( )ne who knows them better than anyone else. 
Through such conversation, the students were able to form 
strong friendships. During the month of January, Huguenard 
decided to live even more of his life with his homeless friends 
by spending two or three hours hanging out with them every 
day. He grew close to one man in particular and was able to 
talk to him even more about Christ. Throughout the months 
they went downtown, the group noticed change in the people 
they met, and several pointed to the friend that Huguenard was 
discipling as an example and catalyst for their personal changes. 
The man was an alcoholic and never wanted to give up drinking, 

but eventually expressed the desire to go to rehab. 

The group was sure to emphasize that the work they did 
downtown was not of their own merit. The experience of going 
downtown taught them even more that they were dependent 
on the Holy Spirit to work and move in people's lives. They 
simply tried to love people and prayed that God would move. 
Huguenard also acknowledged that the homeless were not the 
only ones in need of God, but that we all need Him. "After 
spending time with people, you realize how great the need is in 
their lives and in our own," he said. 

The students said God's work seemed evident when students 
who were a part of this mission reflected on their own lives. 
Hanging out downtown with the homeless truly put their lives in 
perspective, and these lessons on perspective showed the mutual 
encouragement that the students and their homeless friends 
gave one another. Clearly, these students' experiences are a great 
example of the benefits that can come from taking a chance and 
stepping outside the Samford bubble. 

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It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty 
are no longer a missions project but become 
genuine friends and family with whom we 
laugh, cry, dream and struggle. 

Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution 

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It's 10:35 a.m. Convo just let out. 
As you stroll down the unevenly- 
paved Samford sidewalks crowded 
with a myriad of lively students, you 
wonder how to fill the free time 
before your 11:00 class. Led by the 

some of the best people-watching 
this university has to offer. Even if 
you can't stand crowds or ran out 
of money on your Samford card, 
the Food Court is still a place every 
student at Samford has come to know 

herd-like mass of people, the bustling well. The new additions of the year, 
Ben Brown Plaza emerges around the including plasma-screen televisions 
corner of the library. The cackle of and later O'Henry's hours, proved to 
laughter sharply pervades the high be other endcing factors. No matter 
volume of chatter. Instincdvely, you what class you belong to, the Food 
know that you are headed straight Court continued to offer a unique 
for one of Samford's prime social social enrichment time for everyone, 
gathering sites: the Food Court. Freshmen were easy to spot amongst 

This year, like every year, was a the Food Court inhabitants this 
familiar scene as this glorious hub year. Constantly looking over their 
of social interaction known as the shoulders and insecurely starring at 
Samford Food Court functioned every passerby, the newest additions 
as the watering hole in the jungle to the Food Court crowd had definite 
of Samford. The delectable smells agendas while there. Commonly 
of freshly brewed coffee and overheard phrases included, "Did 
warm muffins wafted across the you see those pictures on Facebook?" 
expanse of the University Center, and "Oh my gosh, my CP teacher just 
Conversations echoed in the corridor assigned me a five-page paper, and 
of the mailboxes. As you emerged it's due in two days!" The bonding 
into the jam-packed area of chairs and instant friendships formed while 
and tables, you would instantly see wasting time in the Food Court 

allowed freshmen to solidify 
their niche within the 
Samford community this 

Sophomores and juniors 

were also easily spotted 

in the crowd. Constantly 

accompanied by a textbook, 

note cards, study group or 

a coffee in hand, these two classes 

couldn't afford to solely enjoy their 

downtime. "Whenever I was in a hurry 

this year, it was so easy just to get what 

I needed and there was always service 

with a smile," sophomore political 

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students will agree that Samford's 

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familiar faces and know that a time 
for procrastination had begun. 
This year the Food Court continued 
in serve not only as a place of 
congregation, but one of late night 
si inlying, group meetings, meals for 
freshmen who didn't make it to the 

knew enough people to not constantly 
stare out of their peripherals and were 
seasoned enough to confidently strut 
through the intimidating predatory 

By senior year, students have 
mastered the art of blending in. 
However, these efforts were in vain 
when senior theses and surveys 
were forced upon the innocent and 
unassuming freshmen prey. Usually 
found huddled in small groups, 
seniors talked quiedy over scheduled 
lunches and coffee dates. "I loved 
spending time in the food court this 
year because I could take time out of 
my day to connect with old friends 
and stay on campus between classes," 
senior nursing major Meredith Redus 
said. The 2008-2009 seniors used the 
Food Court to cherish the remaining 
days of leisurely social interactions 
before their emergence into the "real 

No matter the class or stage in the 
life of Samford students, the Food 
Court continued to provide shelter 
for the university's social scene this 
year. One could find literal sustenance 
while getting his or her fill of social 
interactions by taking time to enjoy 
all the benefits the Food Court has 
to offer. 

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Photographs: Leah Jane Henderson 

and Megan Marr 

science major Daniel Lentz said. 

Caf, upperclassmen making up for With usually perplexed and stressed 
i heir lost social hour in the Caf and expressions, sophomores and juniors 

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restructuring early in the year. June 1 , 21 )08, Breed began 
to Assistant to the President Dr. Sarah Latham, whose ti^ 
responsibilities were shifted over the summer to be under the 
umbrella of Operations and Planning on campus. Shortly after 
these changes, Campus Safety was renamed the Department of 
Public Safety and Emergency Management. Latham sent a notice 
to students via Samford email informing them of the changes 
that were being implemented so as to keep students informed 
and bring higher rapport among the department. 

As a part ot the new and improved Public Safety, a three-phase 
plan was put into effect. Phase one: active shooter defense 
training, phase two: development of a contingency plan by upper 
management and phase three: a mock disaster drill. The Rave 
I emergency Alert System was also put into place to alert students 
about severe weather or other emergencies on campus. "We 
don't all watch The Weather Channel all the time, so it makes me 

feel more secure that someone knows what s going on, |unior 
accounting major Kate 
Two Public Safety staff 
academy for additional training to be equipped to can cam 
weapons on the job. Four new well-equipped staff members 
were also hired this year. The Public Safety office plans to remain 
open 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, as oppc 

p.m. as it cud before. 

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for students concerning personal safety. Junior exercise sc. 

twt Lindley Holder said she appreciates the increase in stai 
w when I come back on campus after hours, someone 
actually takes a good look at my ID It makes me feel safer and 
more secure that they actually look to see who's coming onto 
campus," she said. 

Self-defense classes, as well as programs on how to prevent 
identity theft, were also offered diis year and Breed began the 
initiative towards getting the Department of Public Safety 
officially accredited by law enforcement. 

The Department of Public Safety holds a new and clean record 
with room to build a fresh reputation that will be well accepted 
bv Samford University. 

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Representing a significant portion of the Samford student body, 
Greek-affiliated students wear their letters high and proud as 
members of a group of people with which they can identify. 
Whether it's big letters on the front of a T-shirt or a day of dressing in 
slacks and a tie, members of each sorority and fraternity find ways to 
distinguish themselves as a unit and body within the Greek system and overall 
Samford community. 
Students have the opportunity to hold office in their respective fraternity 
or sorority and by doing so can play over-arching roles in their particular 
organizations. Many students choose to play supporting roles and still are able 
to represent their group just as strongly. However, despite the different letters 
and even distinguishing title of being "Greek," Greek life students are all part 
of the Samford body. "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its 
many parts form one body, so it is with Christ" (1 Corin. 12:12). 
Scripture says, for example, the Alpha Delta Pi's can't say to the Pi Kappa 
Phi's, "I don't need you!" (vs. 21) Instead, "God has put the body together ... 
so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have 
equal concern for each other" (vs. 24-25). 

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Recruitment process takes on big transformations 

There were quite a few changes in Greek Recruitment this 
fall. Despite bringing in a new advisor and computer 
system, changing the week-long recruitment process and 
pushing back the recruitment date, everything ran smoothly. 

The new Greek Life advisor, Sherrelle Hudson, came to Samford 
from the University of Alabama. She brought experience, a 
new perspective and knowledge as to how everything Greek is 
supposed to work. 

One of the main changes she made to the Samford Greek 
s\ stem was to have more in-depth training for Panhellenic Council 
members and Rho Gamma leaders prior to recruitment. "In past 
years, Panhellenic and its advisors have just kind of winged it," 
Panhellenic Council member and junior Religion major Laura 
Immel said, "Sherrelle coming in with experience and structure 
was a great improvement for Greek life here at Samford." 

Recruitment was later in the semester this year in order to avoid 
interfering with Samford football. Also, the new ICS computer 
system was put into action. 

Changes were made to the actual girls' Rush process as well. 
Instead of splitting Philanthropy Night over two nights, the 
Rho Gamma groups were split in half. One half of the groups 
attended all five house parties on Wednesday, and the other 
half did the same on Thursday. This eliminated any extra stress 
for the potential new members by giving them a day off from 
recruitment to handle any schoolwork they needed to complete. 
"The change in Philanthropy Night really seemed to help the 
potential new members with their academics and with voting. 
It really seemed to make the whole process a lot less stressful 
for them," sophomore English major and Panhellenic Council 
member Maddie Henderson said. 

This year, the Panhellenic Council worked on programming for 
new members that relate to college-aged women such as drinking, 
drugs, hazing and sex. They also revised the rules of recruitment 
in the Recruitment Compact in order to help add structure to the 
recruitment process. 

So, what's the reaction toward all of these changes? The general 
impression was success. "Sherrelle brought a lot of excitement 
and experience to our recruitment process. Everyone loved how 
young she is and that she is easy to relate to," Immel said. 

"Coming from Alabama, she brought a new light onto Samford 
Greeks and what we represent," Henderson said. 

"Everyone loved the accessibility of the ICS system," Hudson 
said. "The sororities liked how they could view their bid lists and 
potential new member information immediately from anywhere 
on-line, and registration and voting was so much easier for 
potential new members than in years past." 

I luiJson also mentioned some improvements she and the 
Panhellenic Council hope to make for next year. "Hopefully 
we can have recruitment earlier in the semester next vear, but 


Shaping the Letters 


we are also trying to work around tough athletic and academic 
schedules. We might try to shorten the required hours for pardes 
and decorating to help lighten the load for the sorority girls too. 
There is always room to improve," Hudson said. 

Out of the 270 women participating in recruitment this year, 
230 were matched to a sorority. With a 98 bid-match percentage, 
nearly every girl was matched to her first pick on bid day. 

Similarly, on the male side of Greek Life, the Interfraternity 
Council enacted several changes this past year. They experienced 
several structural changes within the council to provide more 
accountability. It shifted from having one President and one Vice 
President to a multi Vice Presidential system. New positions such 
as the Education Chair and VP of Recruitment helped to put 
more concentration on specific areas of the fraternities. 

Like the women, the Greek men shifted to an all on-line svstem 
for recruitment registration and voting. Another new addition to 
fraternity recruitment this fall was Greek Week. This was a week 
created to highlight the fraternities on campus and let potential 
new members hang out, go out or just get to know each fraternity 
more in-depth. Each group had a designated night where they 
planned an event for the potential new members to attend. 
"Both the fraternities and the potential new members really 
liked it" Interfraternity Council Advisor and Director of Student 
Involvement Jennifer Dunn Hall said. 

A major change this year is the loss of the McElwain tutoring 
program. The IFC encouraged each fraternity to devote all of their 
services to their individual philanthropies. This is a temporary 
change, and the IFC is looking to a new Greek-wide philanthropy 
next fall. 

"We are also trying to have different guest speakers come and 
work with the fraternities on things such as alcohol awareness and 
anti-hazings," current IFC President and sophomore Exercise 
Science major Jake McPherson said. "The IFC has been on the 
back burner for years. It was sort of an organization that mam- 
did not know existed. We are hoping to change that and really get 
involved with Greek life and get to work on making it the best it 
can be." 

In response to modifications being made, "the community will 
begin to see small changes in the face of the fraternity here at 
Samford. We are changing the reputation of fraternities from 
one of all fun and partying to organizations of really respectable 
well- rounded young men," Hall said. 

"The IFC here at Samford is a fluid organization that changes 
constantly with each new council of men. Changes are necessary 
and a clear solution my never be set in stone. But I feel that if 
we remain flexible, we can maintain a high level of success," 
previous IFC President junior history and social science major 
Zach Seanor said. 

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Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils 

When many people hear the words "Panhellenic" or 
"Interfraternity Councils," events such as fraternity 
and sorority rush and social swaps come to mind. 
Though recruitment and social life are two large aspects of each 
of these organizations, their mission and underlying purpose is 
far greater than social opportunity. 

The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils at Samford strive 
to strengthen and fortify the Samford Greek community and 
promote active student involvement in varying activities across 
campus. Values such as safety, scholarship and philanthropy 
are very important to these organizations. Both organizations 
engaged in many activities and events that benefited both the 
students of Samford University as well as the Birmingham 
community this year. 

In October, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils 
combined to host a Greek Halloween Festival. Fraternities 
and sororities decorated their houses, and members dressed to 
the nines as they hosted local Birmingham children. Activities 
included trick-or-treating from house to house, face painting and 
pumpkin decorating. Laughter filled the air as tiny princesses, 
cheerleaders, superheroes and even political figures joyfully 
ran from activity to activity. The event was an overwhelming 

In November, the Panhellenic Council focused on safety through 
the promotion of drug awareness. Panhellenic representatives set 
up booths outside the cafeteria with information regarding the 
amount of alcohol in varying alcoholic beverages, the negative 
effects of alcohol on the body and statistics on alcohol-related 
accidents each year. Representatives also offered students free 
BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) cards for students to carry. It is 
common knowledge that excessive drinking occurs on college 
campuses across the United States. By promoting awareness, the 
Panhellenic Council was encouraging responsibility and safety 
among Samford students. 

Throughout the year, the Panhellenic and Interfaternity 
Councils made great efforts toward promoting safety, scholarship 
and philanthropy among students. Thus, both organizations 
have and will continue to benefit Samford University and the 
flourishing Birmingham community. 

Story: Logan Heim 

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Photographs: Michelle Darden 


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The Interfraternity & Panhel- 
enic Councils at Samford strive to 
strengthen and fortify the Samford 
Greek community. 

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Finding a Family: A 

Walking around campus on Wednesday, September 
17, it was not difficult to spot a herd of girls 
walking toward West campus in matching yellow 
shirts. This time of year is called Rush, in which a girl is given 
the opportunity to check out the different sororities on campus 
in search of a home, sisterhood and some Greek letters. As a 
female, 1 naturally partook in this time honored tradition. 

The affiliated sororities are Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, 
Phi Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Delta Pi. The rush for 
sororities is a jam-packed process centering on the visitation of 
each sororities' pardes. The purpose of these parties is to allow 
the girls to meet many of the members of the sororities and 
learn about the different strengths and focuses of each sorority. 
In talking to members and seeing the sororities in action, a girl 
can determine which sorority best matches with her character 
and interests. Each sorority is unique to its own, but all are equal 
in worth. There are five different categories sororities promote 
within themselves: service, scholarship, social, Christian 
womanhood and sisterhood. Each of these categories hold 
equal weight in a sorority, and all girls are encouraged to take 

As I flash back to that nervous first day that would be 
the beginning factor in the decision of my Greek blood, 1 
remember one girl in general who supported me through the 
entire process, my Rho Gamma. The "Rho Gam" acts as an 
unaffiliated mentoring aid to guide girls through the process of 
Rush. They fed us crackers out of their purses, fanned us when 
we were sweaty, gave us pep talks before each house party and, 
most importandy, provided emotional support. 

The Rush process all started that fateful Wednesday. As 
my Rho Gam talked us through the do's and don'ts of Rush 
etiquette, I sat there nervously with a million little butterflies 

Tuesday & Wednesday 

Rho Gamma Croup Dinner 

"My Rho Cam talked us 
through the do's & don'ts 
of Rush etiquette." 

in my stomach. The first night, Philanthropy Night, gave 
each girl a chance to learn about the different philanthropies, 
creeds, values, expectations and leadership chances in each 
sorority. After the first night, it was almost impossible to have 
a favorite sorority. All of the sororities had a large group of 
diverse members and similar moralistic values, as well as strong 
philanthropies. When bewildered at voting time, my wise Rho 
Gam gave me the instruction to pick the sorority where I saw 
girls who had values instilled in them that I strived for and girls 
with whom I had flowing conversations. By the end of the 
night, I was sure of which sorority I would place first. 

Friday we met back with our Rho Gam and groups for Theme 
Night. We sat at the table eagerly awaiting our Rho Gam to 
give us our cards that contained our party invitations and thus, 
the potential sororities we could join. I was psyched as I read 
my card which had my top three choices listed. Theme Night 
was a little more intense and purposed with girls only allowed 
to attend up to three parties. The conversations with sorority 
members that night were suppose to be more intentional and 
deeply profound, really allowing the sorority members to know 
our hearts. 

The last day of parties was Saturday, which was known as 
Preference Night. Girls were required to wear a nice dress with 
heels because the level of conversation and the overall mood 
of the night was again intensified. Girls could be invited back 
to up to two sorority parties, and this was the last night to get 
(and give) an impression before the final decision. After this 
passionate night filled with tears, love, honor and true sisterhood, 
we headed off to vote. This was the final decision, and as one 
glanced around the room, a revered silence hung in the air. I 
walked over to the computer knowing that I was signing my 
allegiance to a great group of girls, whichever sorority chose 
me, and I felt a peace within my heart. All week I had been 
stressed over making the correct decision because membership 
in a sorority lasted a lifetime, but now I felt sincere peace in 
knowing that God would fulfill his purpose for me. 


Philanthropy Night 

"Philanthropy Night gave each girl a 
chance to learn about the different phi- 
lanthropies, creeds, values, expectations 
and leadership chances in each sorority" 


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The next day, Sunday, I received a text message during church 
informing me that I was in the clear and had not been dropped. 
I jumped up for joy, much to the dismay of the congregation. 
As I merrily strolled into the gym for Squeal Day, I noted the 
mass chaos. Girls were everywhere sprawled out on the floor 
sitting on their precious envelopes that determined their Greek 
future. Parents, students and faculty lined the top track of the 
gym to watch the event take place. The sororities ran in one 
by one chanting and cheering each other on, making the noise 
level rise past tolerable hearing decibels. After an entire half- 
hour of agony, the countdown to open our envelopes began. 
Five, four, three, two, one... girls everywhere ripped open the 
letters that sealed their fate. As I frantically tore open my letter 
and searched for the Greek letters of my top choice, mass 
pandemonium ensued. People were crying, screaming, jumping 
for joy and running around to join their sororities. 

As I spotted the name Phi Mu, I screamed ecstatically! I ran 
over to my sorority hugging all my friends, who had instantly 
become my sisters. After everyone had found their new sisters, 
each sorority headed back to their house to a party for the new 
pledges. As I walked to the Phi Mu house, gripping my new 
sisters' hands, a huge smile hung across my face and tears of 
joy streamed down my cheeks. I had now found my home away 
from home and mv new family. 


Theme Night 

"Theme Night was a 
little more intense and 
purposed with girls 
only allowed to attend 
up to three parties." 

Story: Katie Bruder-Mattson 
Layout : Maggie Bridges 
Photographs: Maggie Bridges 


Preference Night 

"Girls were required to wear a nice 

dress with heels because the level of 

conversation, and the overall mood 

of the night was again intensified." 


Bid Day 

"After an entire half 
of an hour of agony, 
the countdown to 
open our envelopes 
began. Five, four, 
three, two, one... 
girls everywhere 
ripped open the let- 
ters that sealed their 

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it coo 

A Reflection on Rush 

Something funny happened one day on the way to class. 
I decided to rush to join a fraternity. Everyone knows 
about the stereotypes surrounding fraternities, but being 
part of a close brotherhood here at Samford University did not 
seem to fit that stereotype. Success in intramurals, Step Sing and 
community service are directiy attributed to fraternities and that 
was definitely something I wanted to be apart of. 

The first night of Rush, we were divided into groups and 
"rushed" from house to house, meeting brothers and trying to 
learn a little bit of what each fraternity was about. Definitely 
the most formal night of rush, the brothers sought to learn a 
little bit about us and why we would fit in their fraternity. Each 
fraternity showed off their awards and tried to impress upon 
us why each was the best on campus. It was entertaining, but I 
learned a lot about each fraternity and heard about the food each 
one was going to cook the next night. I left that night, eager to 
return to the houses the next night during open house. 
The second night of 
Rush, also known as 
"Open House," allowed all 
those who were rushing to 
go wherever they wanted, 
whenever they wanted. 
Each fraternity cooked 
some great food and the 
brothers took part in 
some solid conversations 
with us. Lambda Chi 
Alpha had a great country 
boil. Pi Kappa Phi had some 

great grilling and the most exotic foods of the night, Sigma Nu 
roasted a pig, Sigma Chi had some philly cheese steaks and Sigma 
Phi Epsilon had some great food as well. This night brought out 
the best in each fraternity, and all the guys rushing had a chance 

The brothers were 
genuinely interested 
in my thoughts of the 
fraternity and why I 
really wanted to join. 

to get a feel of where they wanted to end up. After open house, 
my choice was down to two. 

"Brother's Night In" was an invitation-only night where 
the fraternities themselves had to start narrowing the lists to 
potential pledges. With the new online rush program, I logged 
on in the morning to see where I had been invited. Luckily, my 
top two choices had invited me back to their houses. This night 
definitely had a more serious tone, as each fraternity focused 
on really getting to know each guy who had been invited back. 
There was still fun and games, and I had an opportunity to meet 
all the brothers that I had not met before. After leaving for the 
night, I had narrowed my list to one. 

The next morning, I again checked online to see if I had 

been invited to Brother's Night Out. My top choice had sent 

me an invitation to join them at the chapter President's house 

for more food, fun and conversations. My experience on this 

night truly solidified my wish to join that fraternity. The brothers 

were genuinely interested in my thoughts of the 

fraternity and why I really wanted to join. The 

brothers also explained the plans for "Walkout 

Day" and what to do if a bid was received. 

The next morning, I saw that I had received a 

bid from my top choice. I went down and signed 

my bid with Lambda Chi Alpha, becoming 

an associate with some great guys and a great 

fraternity. I was excited about the journey that 

I had ahead of me, and I could not wait to 

experience everything that Lambda Chi Alpha 

had to offer. It was a great idea to rush, and 

becoming an associate with Lambda Chi Alpha 

has only added great experiences to my time at Samford. 

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Story: Zach Owens 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Zach Owens 

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The media saturates us with stereotypical ideas of the Greek system. Television shows are 
full of parties and popularity contests. Movies portray them as materialistic sociedes. 
However, the Samford Greeks go above and beyond to shake these stereotypes. The 
Greek system at Samford consists of men and women who strive to uphold the same values 
the university portrays, the values of Chrisdan fellowship, leadership, service and scholarship. 

The fraternities and sororities affiliated with Samford attempt to serve as a haven away from 
home where students can form a new identity and family bonds. Sisterhood and brotherhood 
go beyond mere rituals. The relationships are ones that span many miles and last a lifetime. 

"The coolest aspect of being part of an international organization is knowing that it goes 
beyond Samford's campus," senior Alpha Omicron Pi member and international relations 
major Michelle Kelly said. "One day I might run into a woman in my sorority, maybe at work 
or grad school, and automatically share that bond." 

Through the Greek system, members gain the tools and skills to build a future that will be 
substantial in the real world. Each fraternity and sorority on campus is associated with an 
international philanthropy for whom they raise money throughout the year. Phi Mu sponsors 
Children's Miracle Network, Zeta Tau Alpha sponsors Susan G. Komen Foundation, Chi 
Omega sponsors the Make a Wish and Big Oak Ranch Foundations, Alpha Delta Pi sponsors 
the Ronald McDonald House and Alpha Omicron Pi sponsors the Arthritis Foundation. 
Sigma Epsilon sponsors Youth Aid, Sigma Chi sponsors Children's Miracle Network, Sigma 
Nu sponsors St. Jude's Hospital, Lambda Chi sponsors KidOne Transport and the North 
American Canned Food Drive and Pi Kappa Phi sponsors Push America. 

There are also opportunities within the Greek system where all members can contribute 
to one specific philanthropy. All sororities participate in Sigma Chi's Derby Days, which 
benefits their philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network. Also, Samford's campus as a whole 
pitched in to raise money for breast cancer research by donating pink yogurt lids to Zeta Tau 
Alpha's drive for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Through the service projects, students 
expand their compassion for the needy and learn how to work with all kinds of people. These 
service projects teach them the value of social interaction within their organizations and the 

Of course, Geek life is not just charity work. Retreats, formals and mixers play a major role 
in organizational social interaction, and at Samford, the Greek system can be seen throughout 
campus. Whether it's in playing a varsity or intramural sport, running for an SGA office or 
winning the coveted Step Sing trophy, Greeks are bound to have their hands in it all. Looking 
beyond what is seen on a TV. screen, Greeks learn life lessons in more ways tiian sitting 
behind a classroom desk or mingling among themselves. It just goes to show, don't judge a 
book by its cover. 

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Layout: Megan Marr 



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Dedication to 

Alpha Kappa Alpha 

Since 1908, the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha has 
continued to empower communities through exemplary 
service initiatives and progressive programs. The women 
of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omicron Mu Chapter, set goals high to 
extend sincerity of concern to the communities that need it the 
most. While small in number, the Omicron Mu Chapter made its 
mark in the Birmingham community this year. 
The 2008 service summer began with five new initiated members 
eager to serve the community. In association with the Child Care 
Foundation, Inc., Omicron Mu fingerprinted small children in 
assistance with the annual health fair. The health fair brought 
awareness and togetherness in the Birmingham community 

Service continued into the fall, and on November 7, Omicron Mu 
teamed up with the Mental Health Association of Birmingham 
to assist with their annual Thanksgiving dinner. The members 
helped serve healthy food and raffled off gifts to the consumers. 
The consumers, members of the Mental Health Association 
and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha made friendships and 
connections through this event. 

"Pretty in Pink Week" was celebrated around this same time 
throughout the week of Nov. 17 — Nov. 21. This week consisted 
of speakers who shared knowledge and insight on the business 
world, relationships and faith-based encouragement. Among 
these speakers were two local African American entrepreneurs 
representing Mary Kay Cosmetics, authors A. Faye Boykin and 
Eric Calhoun who wrote the book, Help a Sister Out, Help a 
Brother Out, and junior religion and philosophy major Jeremiah 
Chester, who delivered the faith-based message. 
The week also consisted of an evening of dancing and exercising 

to promote health and wellness. A fund-raising bake sale with 
proceeds to support Pathways, a women's shelter in Birmingham 
was held on the last day. Finally, the evening celebration of 
Omicron Mu's 20th anni\ r ersary on Samford's campus concluded 
the Pretty in Pink Week festivities. 

As a sorority based on African American heritage, Omicron Mu 
sisters passed out flyers on black history at Samford convocations 
during Black History Month in |anuary. The sisters said they 
were proud to celebrate with and educate others of their African 
American heritage. In April, Omicron Mu held Sickle Cell 
testing for African American students on campus. The sisters of 
Omicron Mu said that since the disease affects African Americans 
at a disproportionate rate, they wanted to be the ones to inform 
students at 
Samford about 
the disease. 

in February, 
the sisters 

participated in 
the Pathways 
Mothers Day 
Out program 

on the first Saturday of each month. They played with the 
children of the women's shelter while the mothers took a break. 
In celebration of Easter, the sorority provided a fun Easter egg 
hunt for the children. The sisters also spent a day at Jesse's Place 
playing with the children there. Members of the sorority said 
time with kids this spring was not just a learning experience for 
the children, but also was a learning experience for the sisters of 
Omicron Mu. 

The year concluded with one final service opportunity for 
Omicron Mu with a dessert party at the Foundry in Bessemer. The 
Foundry serves as a shelter for recovering addicts and homeless 
men and women, and the sisters of Omicron Mu helped serve 
various desserts while interacting with the people after their 
Thursday night church service. Finally, six new members were 
initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha who were sworn in to carry 
on the traditions of service leadership that are displayed by the 
sorority each year. 

Story: Malika Moore 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Malika Moore 

The sisters said they were 
proud to celebrate with and 
educate others of their African 
American heritage. 

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ive for each other —this is a phrase that Alpha Delta Tournament, Kappa Chapter was able to raise over SI 5,000 for 

Pi members hold close to their hearts. For this group their philanthropy. 

The desire of these young women to maintain the standards of 
their founders is evident in their accomplishments. The Samford 
awards that ADPi earned are Highest Overall Chapter GPA, 
Highest New Member GPA, Panhellenic All Sports Award, 

i oi young women, the idea of sisterhood withstands 
generations. Since 1851, the sorority ADPi has been founded 
on Chrisdan beliefs with a high standard for leadership, servant- 
hood and scholarship. The Samford sisters of ADPi still view 

these standards with the highest respect and dedicate their selves Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year, Above All-Sorority 

Live for each other. 

to maintaining each ideal. 

Being a part of ADPi's Kappa Chapter is 
an honor to all of its members. However, 
many of these young women feel that it is 
also an honor to be associated with their 
fellow sisters. The 2008 ADPi President, 
Melissa Plash, said, "It is a blessing to be 
surrounded by women who sincerely care for and daily challenge 
me to better myself, and I consider myself more than fortunate 
to be in a sorority that is filled with women I trust and admire." 

The ADPi's at Samford do not just dedicate their time to 
each other, but also to Samford's campus and their national 
philanthropy the Ronald McDonald House. Many members have 
extensive campus involvement and hold numerous leadership Story: Elizabeth Gettys 
positions. Samford's ADPi members hold two main events Layout: Megan Mart 
during the sch< >< >1 year t< > help raise money and awareness for the Photographs: Michelle Darden, 
R< maid McDi maid 1 louse. Through the Rock for Ronald Guitar Elizabeth Gettys & Melissa Plash 
Hero Tournament and the Fourth Annual Lion's Share Golf 

Average for GPA and third Place in Homecoming Float. 

The sisters of ADPi 

have a passion for 

their sorority's ideals 

and excellence. They 

define what it means 

to "live for each other" 

through their relationships and bond to ADPi. "Found in ADPi 

is a close-knit group of women possessing personal integrity, 

dignity and humility. Although we all come from different 

backgrounds and have diverse interests, we all love ADPi and 

are proud to call it home," Plash said. 


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A Sorority of 

Alpha Omicron Pi 

Exceeding) the expectation" is the motto by which the 
Alpha Omicron Pi ladies live by at all times. This year 
AOII has focused on maintaining a well-rounded group 
of girls through participating in philanthropy, sisterhood, extra- 
curricular activities and overall Greek involvement. 

Philanthropy was certainly AOII's strong point this year. 
During the fall semester the ladies hosted Strike Out Arthritis 
at a bowling alley. There was a solid turn 
out from other Samford Greeks, including 
Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon. 
Proving to be a tight knit group of women, 
AOII chapters from the University of 
Birmingham at Alabama and Huntingdon 
College also participated. Spring semester 
brought Stars for Arthritis and "Panda-monium," playing off 
AOII's mascot. "We take philanthropy very seriously in AOII. It 
is important for us to give back to the community," sophomore 
nursing major and philanthropy chair Candace Wilson said. 
For the 14th year in a row, AOII walked away with the Step Sing 
Community Service Award. "I was so proud of our show this 
year and winning community service was icing on the cake," 
senior international relations major Michelle Kelly said. "It's 
important to entertain the audience, but it is equally important 
to remember we are here to also raise money for charity." 

Sisterhood takes on an important part in AOII. Weekly 
activities including, movie night, game night and spring cleaning 


keep everyone involved and close. "Sisterhood is the foundation 
of our sorority. We are all close, all friends and always enjoy 
spending time with one another," sophomore biology major 
Lexi Fitch said. "We can always count on each other." 
The sorority went camping for this year's annual sisterhood 
retreat. Bonfires, low ropes courses, pranks and stray dogs 
completed the weekend. "Sorority girls plus stray animals equals 

trouble," senior 
graphic design 

major Jessica Snow 
said. "We found a 
small dog, named 
him, bathed him 
and brought him 
back for one of our alumni. It was our good deed for the day." 
Intramurals, band, honors programs and other campus activities 
comprise the activities in which the AOII girls participate. The 
girls dominate in volleyball and basketball yearly. A few sisters 
were active with Student Activities Council and Panhellenic, 
planning recruitment, Homecoming and Miss Samford. With 
all of these extra-curricular activities, the AOII ladies still find 
time to do well in school and support other Greeks with their 

Sisterhood is the foundation 
of our sorority. 

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Bettering the World in Su 

Chi Omega 

On April 5, 1 895, four University of Arkansas students 
and a local doctor in Fayetteville, Ark. established the 
secrets and symbolism that bind over 260,000 women 
of the Chi Omega sorority Chi Omega is the largest women's 
organization worldwide, even bigger than the Girl Scouts. 
The founders realized there was a need for an organization to 
cultivate both friendship and respect for the intrinsic value of 
women, and their vision caught fire and remains strong. 

Chi Omega's colors are cardinal and straw, the flower is the 
white carnation and the Chi Omega mascot is the infamous owl. 
Throughout the past years at Samford, Chi Omega has provided 
its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship 
and lifelong friendship. It strives to provide each sister in the 
sorority with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in 
academic and intellectual pursuits, community service, spiritual 
development, leadership opportunities and social enrichment. 
Chi Omegas hold various leadership positions and achieve 
in academics and scholarship. They are well-rounded and are 
required to be involved in at least two campus activities such 
as Step Sing, intramurals, SGA, Panhellenic Council, honor 
societies, choir, volunteer work, religious organizations and 
collegiate athletic teams. This year's president was education 
major Caroline Johnson. She is succeeded by junior education 
major Molly McGuire. 

\ quote that inspires Chi Omega at Samford is from Ghandi 
and says, "Be the change \ < >u wish to see in the world." The Zeta 
Zeta chapter of Chi Omega at Samford is dedicated to making a 
difference in the world through every action. One of the ways the 

sisters in Chi Omega make a difference is through the sorority's 
philanthropies, the Make a Wish foundation and the Big Oak 
Girls Ranch. This year, the Chi Omega's have worked with both 
organizations. One aspect of helping with organizations like 
these is that the girls get so much out of it. Not only do the 
girls influence the youth through Make a Wish and the Big Oak 
Girls Ranch, but seeing change happen changes the girls inside 
as well. 

In October, Chi Omega granted a wish to a little boy named 
Nathan who recently received a liver transplant. Nathan's wish 
was to go to Disney World with his younger brother, his mom 
and dad, and Chi Omega was able to make it possible. Seeing 
the smile on a child's face, especially when he has gone through 
so much in his life, is so powerful and is an experience of hope, 
strength and joy. 

When the Chi Omegas volunteer at the Big Oak Girls Ranch, 
the experience is just like the latter. The ranch is located in 
Springville, Ala. It provides a Christian home for girls who need 
love, discipline and direction. The sisters of Chi Omega visit 
the ranch several times a year to spend time with the girls, play 
games with them and serve as mentors and friends. 

Ghandi's quote was also the inspiration for Chi Omega's Step 
Sing show in February. Chi Omega presented the show "Go 
Green," and the show was all about bettering the environment 
and the world. 

Chi Omega is all about sisterhood, and building friendships is 
so important. Friendships in Chi Omega bind the sisterhood 
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throughout their lives. In the fall, the Chi Omegas go on a 
Sisterhood Retreat, when the sisters bond and build friendships. 
Participating in Step Sing allows a lot of the girls to get to know 
one another even better. Also, Chi Omega is the only sorority on 
campus in which around half of the girls who participate in the 
Step Sing show are freshmen. Allowing freshmen to be a part of 
Chi Omega's Step Sing show helps the younger girls get to know 
the older girls, who serve as their role models in Chi Omega. 

In addition to Step Sing, many of the Chi Omega sisters are in 
Bible studies associated with the sorority. The Bible studies are 
led by juniors and seniors. Each junior leads a Bible study with 
a few freshmen, and each senior leads a Bible study with a few 
sophomores. Each year, the sisters move up the ladder. These 
Bible studies help the Chi Omega sisters grow spiritually, and 
the girls are an encouragement to one other through faith and 

Furthermore, Chi Omegas are also a huge part of intramurals 
at Samford. This year, Chi Omegas 
shined in flag football, volleyball, 
soccer and basketball. Plaving 
intramurals provides a great way 
for the sisters to show their athletic 
talents and to have fun being together 
and playing on a team. 

Chi Omega is so widespread 
on Samford's campus. Manv Chi 
Omegas are leaders for Orientation 
and Connections. They also are involved in 
YoungLife and other organizations off campus, 
and many work internships in Birmingham and 
around the area. The sorority revolves around 
helping others, and it shows in every aspect of 
the sisters' lives. Amazingly, some of the Chi 
Omegas spent Spring Break in Honduras again 
this year, impacting lives in another country. 
The sisters of Chi Omega had a fun, exciting 
year, and man}' memories were made. 

Story: Craig Kleimeyer 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Craig Kleimeyer 

The sorority revolves around 
helping others, and it shows in 
every aspect of the sisters' lives. 

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Through the Year 

Phi Mu 

The fall of 2008 began with much excitement as President 
Kelly Johnson, a senior education major, returned with 
numerous awards from the Phi Mu National Convention 
held at Disney World over the summer. The Alpha Gamma 
chapter was presented with the award as the top collegiate 
chapter, as well as various awards, for their diligent support of 
the Children's Miracle Network, Phi Mu's national philanthropy. 
This chapter of women raised the most money out of all national 
chapters, earning the highest philanthropic service award. "That 
was a time in which I was truly able to see the fruits of our 
labor, as well as put into perspective how much our organization 
as a whole contributes to our philanthropy," Johnson said.The 
chapter's philanthropy chair, senior psychology major Miranda 
Meadows, was also honored for commitment and service to 
CMN and Phi Mu. 

The fundraisers this year allowed this chapter to demonstrate 
its dedication to CMN by raising nearly $40,000 to support the 
Alabama Children's Hospital. The money was raised through the 
14th annual 5k Children's Miracle Run, a letter writing campaign, 
trick-or-treating for donations and the annual charity car wash. 
Additionally, Phi Mu sisters visited Children's Hospital weekly, 
leading the children in fun activities and crafts. 

In the fall, many Phi Mu sisters also participated in the first 
"Pajamajam," where they prepared packages of crafts for 
Children's Hospital with special notes for the children while also 
enjoying games and popcorn in the Phi Mu house. The first line 
of the Phi Mu Creed states, "To lend to those less fortunate a 
helping hand," and all of the contributions of time and service 
from the past year demonstrate how these young women truly 
strive to exemplify this ideal. 

While serving CMN is extremely important, the sorority also 
enjoys serving and participating within the Samford community. 

After a successful recruitment in the fall, Phi Mu began work 
on the Homecoming float, which received first place for its 
outstanding design and theme, "Sandwich the Citadel." Also, 
the sorority was thrilled to witness Phi Mu sister senior nursing 
major Emily Gettys crowned Homecoming Queen 2008. This 
crown was just the first of the year as freshman Anna Laura 
Bryan was crowned Miss Samford later in the fall. Bryan, an 
interior design major, went on to represent Samford and Phi Mu 
in the 2009 Miss Alabama pageant. 

The spring brought more crowns and excitement, though in 
a different way. The final dance of the year was themed "$10 
Prom" and was a perfect conclusion to the uniquely themed 
dances that Phi Mu presented this year. The fall semester began 
with a "Nerd Bash" at the McWane Science Center. This party 
was a creative way to welcome the newest pledges in Phi Mu as 
members dressed up in their most nerdy attire to dance the night 
away. Attendees also had the opportunity to explore various 
exhibits at the science center. Another highlight of the year was 
Carnation Ball, a special event held every three years. The spring 
included a total of three dances. A fun-filled evening of laser 
tag and glow paint and a semi-formal called "Getting' Down in 
B-Town" accompanied the "Prom" this spring. 

The sisters showed off their dance moves to all of Samford in 
their 2009 Step Sing show, "Phi Mu Gets a Clue." The sorority was 
honored with "Participant's Choice for Best Choreography." 

Johnson said that serving as president this year made for 
great memories and priceless experiences as a member of a 
philanthropy-minded group of girls. "Our chapter works so hard 
to serve the people in our community, and it was just wonderful 
to represent Alpha Gamma," Johnson said of the recognition 
Phi Mu received at the National Convention. 

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Recipe for a 

ZetaTau Alpha 


The Delta Psi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha has a lot to be 
proud of this year. Zeta sisters welcomed an incredible 
new pledge class, raised money for their philanthropy, 
served the community, threw unforgettable parties and presented 
complete Step Sing show. 

One of the main tilings that the sisters of Zeta are proud 
of is their commitment to service. In addidon to working to 
support their philanthropy, Zetas pardcipate in voluntary service 
projects, including mission trips, church camps and mentoring, 
on their own throughout the year. One hundred percent of 
Zetas pardcipated in service projects last year, which led to their 
chapter receiving the Service Award at Zeta Tau Alpha's Nadonal 
Convention in July. 

Zeta Tau Alpha has the privilege of supporting Breast Cancer 
Education and Awareness as their 
philanthropy. Each year, Zetas 
participate in events that seek to 
educate women and raise money for 
their cause. Zeta held an event in the 
fall called "Storm the Dorms," in 
which sisters distributed self breast 
examination cards and cookies to 
all of die female residence halls on 

During the spring semester, 
Zeta teamed up with the women's *" 
basketball team to promote "Pink 

Zone," a fundraising event that raised more than $3,000 for 
Breast Cancer Awareness. Zetas passed out key chains and 
ribbons to fans that donated money. Other Greek organizations 
participated in the collection of money at the event, but Zeta 
collected the most money, $750. 

In addition to raising money and awareness, Zetas enjoy 
encouraging breast cancer patients. Each Zeta makes two "Think 
Pink" baskets that contain small gifts, such as pink nail polish or 
pink slippers, to brighten the day of the courageous women who 
are afflicted with this disease. 

While Zetas are certainly known for supporting such an 
important philanthropy, they are also known for their amazing 
parties. Over three years ago, Zeta Tau Alpha threw a party that 
became legendary on Samford's campus, the Paint Party. The 
women of Zeta, as well as many Sam ford men, anxiously await 
each year's Paint Party since the tradition began. This year, the 
wait was over when the social chairs announced tiiat the very 
first party of the school year would be the Paint Party. The Zetas 
were thrilled to bring their dates to a party that promised a lot of 
games, dancing and paint. Games such as volleyball and tug-of- 
war were played on giant tarps covered in paint, and a D] kept 
i \ i t\ < >ne dancing all night as paint splattered all over the crowd. 

The Paint Partj helped to start the year off right, but it wasn't 
the only fun event that Zeta hosted this year. "Sail Away with 
ZTA," an out-of-town formal on a riverboat in Georgia, proved 

to be an unexpected and exciting surprise. A band played while 
everyone danced and enjoyed the views. For semiformal, Zetas 
were told to "frost themselves" with a lot of jewelry Girls and 
their dates were treated to plenty of delicious food, including a 
potato bar, and the decorations even included an ice sculpture. 
The last party of the year encouraged girls and their dates to 
dress "Southern Proper" in sundresses and polo shirts while 
enjoying music from a country-western band. 
One of Zeta Tau Alpha's favorite events each year is Step Sing. 
Zetas work hard to create a show that brings excitement and fun 
to the audience each year. This year, the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha 
transformed into mad scientists to present their show "Recipe 
for Disaster." Fun and familiar music, great choreography and 
an amazing theme enabled Zeta to pull off one of their best 

shows yet. 
With all of these 
activities, the sisters 
of ZTA certainly 
stayed busy and 
made the 2008- 
2009 school year 
one to remember. 

Zetas participate in voluntary 
service projects, including 
mission trips, church camps and 
mentoring, on their own through- 
out the year. 


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the Torch 


This year marked the four year anniversary of Lambda 
Chi Alpha returning to Samford's campus. The freshmen 
class that signed four years ago are now the seniors, and 
any memories of a year's probation have all but disappeared. 
What did the brothers of Lambda Chi do this year? The answer 
is business as usual. 

Four short years ago, the future of Lambda Chi seemed 
uncertain, the fraternity had missed an entire year of recruitment 
and several members had left school, leaving a select few to 
maintain the remnants of the once proud fraternity. But morale 
was high and recruitment in the fall of 2005 proved to be a 
success. That trend continued 
through this year. This year was 
the first year that four full classes 
of members have existed within 
the fraternity since 2004. That 
trend will certainly continue 
after the "charter members" of 
the 2009 graduate class. 

It seemed that when joining in 
2005, the new class was starting 
from scratch. Some traditions 

and procedures have carried over from the old fraternity. But for 
the most part, what you see as Lambda Chi in the present is the 
realization of hard work put in by the brothers over the past four 
years. The state of the fraternity has done nothing but improve, 
and the physical evidence is seen in the Lambda Chi house. 
Over the past few years, various alumni have generously donated 
money to refurbish the fraternity house. The parlor room was 
recently redone, and the previous old-looking fraternity room is 
now one that any mother would be happy to have in her home. 
Project after project have improved the house little by little, 
which is a physical reflection of the progress the fraternity has 
made in its journey back to prominence. 

Activities of this past year were nothing new or out of the 
ordinary for the brothers, who have settled into a comfortable 
operating procedure. Brothers were involved in all aspects 
of campus life, and the fraternity as a whole participated in 
intramurals, performed community service and held social 

The brothers collected canned food as a part of their yearly 
participation in the North American Food Drive, Lambda Chi's 
national philanthropy. They also teamed up with Alpha Delta Pi 
in the fall semester in putting together shoe boxes full of small 
presents for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes were sent to 
children of impoverished nations for Christmas. And as always, 
they hosted their Spring Volleyball Classic which benefits Kid 
One Transport. 

Lambda Chi also made its mark in intramurals. During 
this past year, the Lambda Chi volleyball team racked up 
another championship, marking its 10th consecutive volleyball 
championship. The oldest members of this year's team were only 
12 years old when that first championship was won. 

The brothers of Lambda 
Chi have full intentions of 
continuing old traditions and 
building the new. 

While the brothers were proud of their accomplishments, 
they were just as proud of the reemergence of a time honored 
tradition, The Caveman Party. A visit to the Lambda Chi house 
on September 18 led to an experience in a transformed house 
with walls and ceilings of the entire middle and downstairs 
resembling the inside of a cave. There were also plenty of 
animal skinned glad Lambda Chi brothers roaming around 
and an 80s rock band blaring Journey from the outside porch. 
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the party was 
shut down prematurely due to noise complaints. This, however, 
did not discourage the brothers, as plans for next year's Caveman 

Party are well underway. 
The brothers of Lambda Chi 
have full intentions of continuing 
old traditions and building 
the new T as they carry on as an 
established campus organization. 

Story: Drew Davis 

Layout : Megan Marr 




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Pi Kappa Phi 

For the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi, the highlight of this 
year came during Step Sing season with their win of, 
not only the coveted Sweepstakes tide, but also the 
audience's vote for Best Overall Show. Their show, directed by 
senior Adam Murphy and entided "Open for Business," used 
such music as the theme song from the television show "The 
Office" and "I Don't Want to Work" by Todd Rundgren to 
portray a typical day in the workplace. Their neon "OPEN" 
sign prop can still be seen glowing in the window of the Pi 
Kapp house during the night. 

In the short video preceding Pi Kapp's show, the audience 
was introduced to someone whose time at the Pi Kapp house, 
though brief, left lasting memories in the minds of the audience. 
That someone was Charles Bill Murray Norris or, simply, Chuck 
the groundhog. Chuck was found wandering around the Pi Kapp 
house at the beginning of the second semester, and a few of 
the brothers decided to take him in and care for him as one of 
their own. However, after many escape attempts by Chuck, the 
brothers decided that Chuck was born free and had the right to 
live free so they let him go. 

Around this time, the Alpha Eta Chapter also welcomed 19 
new members into their brotherhood. These associate members 
signed bids early in the fall and experienced most of Pi Kapp's 
annual social and philanthropic events throughout their first 
year with the fraternity. Pi Kapp's first dance of the year was the 
Southern Gentlemen's Ball, a semi-formal held at an ante-bellum 
estate located in downtown Birmingham called the Rucker Place. 
The brothers spent the night dancing with their dates to live 
music from the band, The Four Kicks. 

Next came Homecoming weekend, and the Pi Kapps celebrated 
with an alumni BBQ get-together at the tailgate to give their 
former brothers the chance to share stories and reconnect with 
some old friends. The Alpha Eta Chapter is fortunate to have 
many active alumni. In fact, they recently created a "Pi Kapps 
of the 70s and 80s" group on Facebook and planned a reunion 
tor next fall. 

Homecoming weekend was also the time when Pi Kapp 

brothers were seen pushing a wheelchair around campus for 
72 hours straight collecting money for their philanthropy, Push 
America. Push America is a non-profit organization whose goal 
is to build leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities 
today, not only through building projects that make buildings more 
handicaps accessible, but also by seeking to promote a greater 
understanding of people with disabilities. Pi Kapp is proud to 
be the only fraternity with a philanthropy founded and run solely 
by its own members, and the brothers of Alpha Eta were able to 
raise more than $600 for the cause during the weekend. 

In November, Pi Kapp held their annual Barn Bash party at the 
house of alumnus Jim Stephens in Bessemer, Ala. This western- 
themed party is always loved by the brothers and their dates, and 
this year was no different. Couples had fun keeping warm by the 
two bonfires, taking a hayride and dancing to the music of the Ray 
Stephenson Band. Over the holidays, the newly elected executive 
council of the Alpha Eta Chapter had the opportunity to drive to 
Charlotte, NC for the annual Pi Kapp mid-year conference. Each 
officer attended a day of meetings that prepared him for his job 
in the upcoming year. Around this time, the Alpha Eta Chapter 
was recognized for best newsletter in the "Star and Lamp," the 
publication of Pi Kappa Phi, and the brothers were very proud 
of the work that former historian Oliver Jones put into it. At the 
close of the spring semester, the Pi Kapps held another successful 
Red Rose Ball, their formal and final social event of the year 
where the awards for Brother of the Year and Associate Member 
of the Year were awarded. 

Story: Jack Wilgus 
Layout : Katie < lonwa; 

Photographs: lack Wilgus 

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Pi Kapp is proud to be the only 
fraternity with a philanthropy founded 
and run solely by its own members. 



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11 was quiet in West Campus this year as Sigma Chi numerous field day activities including diving in the fountain. It 
substituted their usual semester of parties, mixers and was important to the Sigma Chi's to portray a competitive edge 

k Derby Days with time spent closer to the house. It was 
a year focused on brotherhood and Greek life. 

The year kicked off with recruitment. As tradition, Sigma 
Chi hosted an Open House and cook-out in hopes of meeting 
potential members and showing them what being a Sigma Chi 
was all about. After accepting a bid, a sea of navy blue jackets 
and khaki pants was seen parading around campus as the new 
members settled into their new fraternity. 

Once recruitment was complete, Sigma Chi focused on w T hat 
makes a fraternity click: its members. This year bonding and 
respect were top the priorities. The guys said their favorite bonding 
activity each year is Step Sing. "WTiatcha Talkin' Bout Wallace," 
the story of Braveheart, incorporated what every manly man 
would love in fighting, 
war paint and skirts. 
While they did not 
repeat last year's taking 
of the Sweepstakes, 
the guys said they 
enjoyed every moment 
of the preparation and 
performance weekend. 

Although Sigma Chi 
was not hosting the 
traditional Derby Days, 

they were more than willing to get down and dirty in the First 
Annual Greek Week. All sororities and fraternities competed in 

while supporting all other Greek organi2ations. 

While this year was not big and glamorous for Sigma Chi, the 
brothers said they still felt present and unified on Samford's 
campus. They said they are itching to come back next year are 
ready to take on all the old traditions of the fraternity, as well as 
create some new ones. 

Story: Megan Christians 

Layout : Megan Marr 


While this year was not 
big and glamorous for Sigma 
Chi, the brothers said they 
still felt present and unified 
on Samford's campus. 

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Involvement, Service & 

Sigma Nu 

This year's Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu achieved new 
heights in academics, community service and university 
participation. The seniors paved the way with their 
involvement in areas on and off campus. Biology major Trey 
Holmes and management major Chris George served on the 
Student Executive Board as the Chief of Staff and Chief Justice, 
pharmacy major John Higginbotham was commissioned as a 
second Lieutenant in the United States Military serving in the 
medical service corps and other seniors held leadership positions 
on various S.G.A. committees, The Bulldog Fund and Campus 
Outreach Ministries. The brotherhood unity and commitment 
to high standards 
continued to help the 
Iota Chapter stand 
out on campus. "This 
is the closest knit 
group of guys I have 
ever been around," 
sophomore business 
major Kyle Kehoe 

The 2008 activities began with the annual Pig Roast. A tradition 
smelled throughout all West Campus, both members and non- 
members look forward to the event each year. "The sweet smoky 
smell of roasting pork put a smile on my face and a rumblin' in 
my tummy," junior public administration major Stephen Brett 
Bolton said. 

Another strong fall recruitment led the Iota Chapter to grow 
out of the house. Its opening of doors to independents will have 
to close to house as many members as can fit. "The hospitality 
shown by the brothers of Sigma Nu towards an independent was 
great. I was constantly invited to the karaoke bonanza, pillow 
lights and the Tuesday night ice cream socials," Sigma Nu house 
resident and sophomore pre-business major Peter Carroll said. 

\\ rule the guys are welcoming and open to non-members, the 

The seniors paved the way 
with their involvement in areas 
on and off campus. 

ladies of Samford said the guys know how to show kindness to 

them as well. The 2008 Sigma Nu Sweetheart was senior nutrition 

and dietetics major Jessica Lauren Cheney. "The brothers of 

Sigma Nu continually showed me and all the other ladies on 

campus what it felt like to be a princess," Cheney said. 

The brothers of Sigma Nu also spent time serving community. 

The Richardson family of Montevallo greatly appreciated the help 

of the Iota Chapter in building their Habitat for Humanity home. 

"Habitat for Humanity was an opportunity for our brothers 

to unite and build up the community one house at a time," 

sophomore Philanthropy Chair David Saunders said. Other 

service events included a blood drive on 

campus and the Old Howard 500 bike 


Academics also prove to be an integral 

part of the Iota Chapter of Sigma Nut. 

"People perceive us as a bunch of meat 

heads due to our massive chiseled biceps 

and rugged good looks. The reality is 

that we are a think tank of inquisitive 

young minds that earned the highest Greek men's GPA this year," 

Academic Chair Daniel Cage said. In the midst of a busy year 

there was plenty of time for fun. 

Other events hosted by Sigma Nu this year were the Family 
Tradition Pledge Bash, Halloween Party, Toga Party and White 
Rose Formal. The brothers also spent time supporting Samford 
athletics. Freshman Sigma Nu football player and pre-engineering 
major Emory Jones said he appreciated the support at games. "The 
guys really took pride in Samford athletics. They have great school 
spirit,"Jones said. This year Sigma Nu camped out for the Davidson 
basketballgame and made the news on three local television channels. 

Story: Aaron Weber 

Layout : Megan Man 

Photographs: Alex Cloke 


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More than What's 

Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Unity, laid-back and chill are words used by junior history major and Sig Ep member Adam 
Gadberry used to define his fraternity. 
Stardng in the fall, the guys came on campus eager to find new recruits and build up their 
name. The Pete Hanna Center hosted Sig Ep's rush parties. The members and potential recruits used 
the facility to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and get to know each other before bid day. At the end 
of recruitment, the brothers had one lucky member join the fraternity. The rest of the semester was 
focused on open recruitment and brotherhood activities including group dinners. 
With spring semester came two brotherhood retreats. The first was near Huntingdon College in 
southern Alabama. It was an all-day rafting adventure. The brothers also had the opportunity to work 

security at the Sister Hazel concert, courtesy of 
A i.i ir-'r-iii i i their former Chapter Advisor, Craig Garner. 

Although Sig Ep holds a low-key The brothers of p SlgEpalso took a B daytosing thelr 

profile, they have members who are hearts outto the sorondes on campus, several of 

the sororities were honored to hear the Sweetheart 

dedicated to a fraternity of closeness songof si g E P . 

and brotherhood 

Sig Ep was spotted multiple times on the 
intramural field. The fraternity competed in flag 
football, soccer, softball, dodgeball and volleyball. 
During the Samford football season, Sig Ep participated with other Greek organizations in the Tailbird 
Tailgate area, grilling out and mingling with other fraternities and sororities. 
Although Sig Ep holds a low-key profile, they have members who are dedicated to a fraternity of 
closeness and brotherhood. 

Story: Megan Christians 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Alex Cloke 

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has many parts, but all its 
many parts form one body, so 
it is with Christ. 
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Probably some of the most intense environments on Samford's 
campus can be found surrounding the scene of Varsity athletics. 
From practice, to early morning conditioning sessions, to 
actual games or competitions, athletes are constantly pouring out every 
ounce of energy and drive within them to give it their all. On top of this, 
athletes must re-engage into the life of a college student and take care of 
the everyday tasks that are to be completed for graduation's sake. 
While there is more to life than athletics, the athletes are quick to discover 
that their respective sports play a pivotal role in defining who they are in 
college as well as whom they will become down the road. Every moment 
of set back, victory or perseverance brings challenge and experience from 
which athletes can build their faith and character. 

When all is said and done at the end of each year, Samford athletes 
are able to walk away from the court, field, track and overall experience 
saving, "I have fought the good light. I have finished the race. I have kept 
the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7). Work that is done for the Lord is not done in vain, 
even pertaining to sports. Most athletes can attest that the majority of the 
growth they experience in college is found in the striving to compete to the 
best of their God-given abilities. 



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Inaugural year in SoCon plays favor to Bulldogs ~: »I 

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First impressions are hard to 
shake, and that's great for 
Samford athletics. 

In the first year in the SoCon, the 
Bulldogs exceeded all expectadons 
and showed their competitors that 
this conference was their stomping 
ground. The fall and winter sports 
"were as strong as any team in the 
league," athletic director Bob Roller 
said. They were simply the rookies, 
but they played like pros. 

"We gained the respect of our peers 
in the conference clearly during 
the first year," Roller said. "Many 
coaches and athletic directors have 
kidded us by saying things like, 'You 
guys were supposed to let us beat you 
in the first few years!'" 

But that message failed to reach the 
Bulldogs. Instead, they defied the 
odds and carved their niche in the 

The Bulldogs' football team finished 
their season with a winning record 
of 6-5 and made an "immediate 
impression," Roller said. They 
posted a conference record of 4-4 

despite being picked to finish last in 
the league. 

With the higher competition level, 
the Bulldogs entertained bigger 

"Our crowds were excellent this 
year, and the familiarity of our SoCon 
opponents really helped with the Red 
Sea student crowd and our crowds 
from Samford alums," Roller said. 

Seibert Stadium saw its third largest 
crowd in history of 10,670 in the 
match-up with Appalachian State. 

The Pete Hanna Center also enjoyed 
a record crowd this year during the 
Davidson basketball game, and the 
team did not disappoint. In a close 
contest, the Bulldogs fell short of 
victory by only three points and held 
the nation's leading scorer, Stephen 
Curry, to a 30 percent field goal 

Another highlight for die men's 
basketball team was the SoCon 

"Our men's basketball team had a 
strong run in the SoCon Tournament, 
upsetting The Citadel and reaching 

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the semi-finals," Roller said. The 
men were ousted by Chattanooga, 
who went on to win the tournament. 

Not only did the men's basketball 
team fare well, but the women's 
basketball team also had its share 
of the spotlight on the court. The 
Bulldogs finished with a second place 
conference finish in the first season 
in the league. 

Morris was also recognized as the 
SoCon Women's Basketball Coach of 
the Year in a vote by media and head 
coaches. This "tremendous honor 
for Samford," as Roller described it, 
was Morris's second coach of the 
year honor in four years. 

Along with the women's basketball 
team, the women's cross country 
team brought home a second place 
conference finish in the fall. 

Tiffin said the finish showed that 
"we belong in this conference." 

"Some might have been 
apprehensive about the level of 
competition, but we showed we can 
be a big part of who wins," he added. 

The volleyball team revealed that 
as well. The Bulldogs claimed a 
divisional championship and had the 
SoCon Player of the Year, first-year 
law student Ashley Adams. 

All the women's teams added to 
another honor for the Bulldogs. 

"Our women's programs were in 
contention for the coveted Germann 
Cup, which is presented to the finest 
overall athletics program in the 

league, until the last sport of the 
season was concluded," Roller said. 
"We will most likely finish second out 
of 12 institutions in this first year." 

The Bulldogs built a strong 
foundation for themselves as 
members of the SoCon and proved 
to themselves and competitors that 
the conference is their home. 

"Our future is very bright in the 
SoCon as our coaches and student- 
athletes now have a year under their 
respective belts," Roller said. "We 
know the travel schedule and the level 
of competition. Now it's up to us to 
keep improving." 

Story: Lauren Sharpe 

Layout : Megan Marr 

Photographs: Stephen Nelson, Julian Hollar 

and Leah |ane Henderson 

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Changes & New Traditions 


With a new conference to embrace, Samford athletics found 
that old ways would just not make the cut with the big 
competition changes. The athletics marketing department 
spent countless days preparing for ways to enhance Samford athletics 
and bring new traditions with the move to the Southern Conference. 

To help bring new traditions to life, students representing all areas of 
campus were gathered during the spring of 2008 to form a panel that 
would help the Athletics Department take the right steps in forming 
these new traditions. The focus of this panel, called the Athletics 
Summit, was to discuss ways to bridge the gap between Samford athletes 
a\u\ the general student body in order to heighten the excitement at all 
the athletic events. 

The panel concluded that knowing the athletes on a more personal 
level would draw more attention and fans to games. They also 
recognized the fact that schools showing immense athletic support 
have various rituals and traditions that are done before, during and after 
games and events. With the students seeking to build the community 
that already exists overall on campus as well as initiate great athletic 
traditions, the student body representatives and student-athletes agreed 
to \vc irk together to make the inaugural year in the SoCon an inaugural 
year of distinct Samford athletic traditions. 

Among these traditions was the Tallbird Tailgate, where tents and 
activities were set up in the parking lots outside of the University 
Center in and around Tallbird Circle. The Caf served meals, campus 
and community ( Mtganizations grilled/provided food for their members, 
and Samford athletics hosted corn hole and WII tournaments. The 

festivities were then led to Seibert Stadium by the Samford Marching 
Band. With the drum line in the lead, students and fans marched from 
Tallbird Circle across Dawson Drive and into the Pete Hanna Side of 
the stadium bringing energy and excitement to the opening kickoff. 

Samford athletics also wanted to make the field-level area of the 
track somewhat of a sacred place for the athletes and participants. In 
previous years, the Greeks would set up tents behind the end zone of 
the Seibert side of the field. This year, only official participants were 
allowed on the field level. ^^^^^^ m 

At the conclusion of a 
home game win, the band 
led the crowd from Seibert 
Stadium to the newly- 
placed flagpole at the 
four-way stop by Tallbird 
Circle, and the Samford 
Fight Song was played as 
the Bulldog flag was raised. 

The flag flew high and proud for the remainder of the week until the 
next game that was played. 

Another major addition to the Samford athletic community and 
traditions was the introduction of the live bulldog mascot, Lady 
Liberty, aka "Libbv." Libby is owned by Vestavia Hills residents David 
and Rhoda Oser and made her debut at the SoCon Fanfest on October 
28. She showed support through several appearances to football games 
and other athletic events throughout the year. Her co-mascot, Spike, 

The flag flew high and 
proud for the remainder 
of the week until the next 
game that was played. 


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received a make-over this year and debuted his new look at the October 
1 1 game against Appalachian State. 

With a brand new arena, the basketball and volleyball teams were 
given attention through the development of traditions throughout 
their inaugural SoCon seasons as well. Davidson brought NCAA 
stand-out Stephen Curry to Samford on January 31, and the crowd 
that was expected to be drawn from the student body as well as the 
community led the Athletics Department to initiate the "White Out" 
tradition. T-shirts were made and sold for the event, and students were 
encouraged to wear all white to show support and unit}' in the men's 
game against the Wildcats. 

President Andy Westmoreland's support for Samford Athletics 
brought to life many of the traditions and ideas that had been circling 
the department for years. The move to the SoCon and desire of all 
members of the Samford community to embrace the changes has led 
to athletic traditions that surelv will stand the test of time. 



Story: Yal Kikkert 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Michelle Darden, Evan Chandlee, 

Leah (ane Henderson & |ulian Hollar 




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Deeper the Sea, ^-&<j0rft\e Pride 

The Sea (\J flH^I^H^^^^I 

On the Saturday afternoon more than 1,200 students. More 
of game day, painted importandy, the Red Sea hoped to 
bodies, red and blue get more students to come out to 
pompoms, roaring thunder sticks support their Bulldogs. The move to 
and distinct "You Can't Divide the the Southern Conference prompted 
Red Sea" T-shirts filled the first four the athletic department and Red Sea 
rows of the student secdon in Seibert to emphasize school spirit and game 
Stadium to standing room only. These attendance more than just the perks 
dedicated fans who arrived ready to of membership. 

cheer the Bulldogs to victory were With the new opponents in the 
members of the official student SoCon and the introduction of the 
booster club of Samford athletics, Talbird Tailgate before home football 
the Red Sea. games, more students came out to 

Since its founding in 2005, the cheer on the Bulldogs. 

"I think the Red 
Sea has worked 
really hard this 
year to encourage 
attendance and 

has succeeded in 
getting people to 
the football games," 
sophomore nursing 
major Alison 

Red Sea has been the heart and soul Johnston said during the Appalachian 
of the student cheering secdon at State football game on October 11. 
football games, basketball games and The Appalachian State match-up 
other spordng events throughout the hosted the third highest attendance 
year. For only $10, new members in Seibert Stadium's history. Students 
receive a membership card, discount were a large contribution to the 
coupons for businesses close to record attendance, and the Red Sea 
campus, a six pack of soda and an was at the forefront of this new trend 
official Red Sea T-shirt. of student support for Samford's 

This year, the Samford student athledc teams, 
nadon worked hard to break last Members appreciated the 

year's membership record of opportunity the Red Sea provided 

'From the starting whistle to 
the final play, the Red Sea 
spirit illuminated the stadium.' 

them to be an integral part of the 
game day experience. With the fight 
song, kick-off chants and cheers 
during every play, the Red Sea led the 
crowd in volume and spirit. From 
the stardng whisde to the final play, 
the Red Sea spirit illuminated the 
stadium. For sophomore journalism 
and mass communicadon major Alan 
Harned, the Red Sea provided a "sense 
of community and pride in Samford." 
Spirit, excitement and pride radiated 
from Red Sea members. The 
introduction of Red Sea T-shirt 
slogans such as "Red is the Color 
of Passion" and "Seeing Red, Good 
for Us, Bad for You" demonstrated 
the club's creativity and competitive 
nature that thrived among members. 
The common sight of member 
T-shirts around campus showed h< >w 
the Red Sea became more than simply 
a game day ritual. It was an influence 
on the daily happenings around 
campus, just as the quote on the club's 
T-shirt says, "You Can't Divide the 
Red Sea," the Samford student nation 
represented unity, pride and support 
among the Samford community*. 

Story: Carter Jones 

Layout: Lauren Sharpe 

Photographs: Evan Chandlee 

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Photos clock-wise: Seibert Stadium saw more consistant fans 
throughout the football team's innagural season in SoCon. 
Spike also recieved a new look this year. 

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Sizing Up to a Qpv Standard 

Pete Hanna Center 


n November 2007, Samford 
opened a new $32 million sport- 
fitness and special events center 
as part of the campus improvement 
campaign called "The Promise." This 
state-of-the-art facility was named 
Pete Hanna Center after a Samford 
letterman who scored one of the first 
touchdowns on Seibert Field. 
The main attraction of the center 
is the arena, which seats 5,000 for 
basketball and volleyball games 
and up to 6,000 for concerts and 
commencements. This arena was 
named Thomas E. and Maria H. 
Corts Arena after Samford's late 
president and his wife. 

The Bulldogs were ready for 
improvement, and the new 132,000 
square-foot Hanna Center more than 
accommodates the needed growth. 

Before the Hanna Center, basketball 
and volleyball games were played 
in Seibert Gym, students worked 
out in the infamous Cage and 
c« immencementwas held off campus. 

Students most often complained 
of the Cage's lack of space and 
the limited and out-of-date athletic 
equipment. The small workout area 
was overcrowded and inconvenient 
for students. Seibert, as a home to 
Samford's varsity athletic teams, was 
out of date, having been built in 
1961. The Bulldogs were ready for 
improvement, and the new 132,000 
square-foot Hanna Center more than 
accommodates the needed growth. 

The Center is located on West 
Campus amidst the majority of 
the athletic facilities. Students and 
athletes enjoy its spacious size, quality 
equipment and brand new locker 

Shelby Brandon, freshman pre- 
dentistrv major and right side hitter 
for the Bulldog volleyball team, said, 
"It has been so great for my team to 
have such a nice weight room to use, 
and the training room is amazing. It 
was great this past semester to come 
in as a freshman and be in the Pete 
Hanna for my first season on the 

Even though the gym was not filled 
for volleyball games, the size of the 
Corts Arena provides promise for the 
Samford Bulldog Athletic program. 

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Its size encourages Bulldog fans to 
attend more games in support of the 
Division I athletes who dedicate so 
much to their sport. 

Freshman undeclared major John 
Peterson, a forward for the men's 
basketball team, spoke on behalf of 
the men's basketball team regarding 
the facility. "I think it's the right size, 
especially with the turn out for the 
Davidson Game," he said. Although 
the seats weren't filled at all basketball 
games, the Davidson game proved 
that the Hanna Center provides the 
necessary space and high standards 
for Samford basketball. 

While students enjoy cheering on 
the athletes in such a nice, spacious 
and clean facility, most of all they 
appreciat the 5,000 square foot 
workout facility on the third floor of 
the Center. Students enjoy the variety 
and amount of workout equipment 

available. Senior biology major 
Rockv Ailing said, "The Pete Hanna 
workout center is perfect. The facility 
is great because it has free weights, 
machines and a lot of treadmills and 

Since its opening, the Hanna 
Center has benefited both students 
and athletes. With something for 
everyone, the Center has the promise 
that fitness, school spirit and athletic 
success will grow as big as its size. 

Story: Craig Kleimeyer 
Layout : Megan Marr 
Photographs: Julian Hollar 


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Running the 

^ Marked Out 

"he life of an athlete: Cameron Bean 

Practice, class, lunch, labs, homework, practice, dinner, 
bed, repeat: a typical day for Cameron Bean. 
Five-thirty a.m. seems like a ridiculously early time to 
even be discussing, but for senior track and cross country runner 
and biology, pre-med major Cameron Bean, it was just the typical 
start for his week. He kicked off his mornings with either a 5K or 
8K run or swimming. Tuesday and Thursdays usually consisted 

of cross training- 
like swimming, 
and the rest of the 
week consisted of 
The day followed 
suit with ice baths 
to keep him from 
getting sore and after 
came classes, lunch, 
labs, homework, 
practice, dinner and 
sleep, just to do it all 
over the next day. 

As if his life didn't 
revolve around 

running enough, 

his Saturdays were 
completely devoted 
to track and cross 
country. Cross 

country season is in 
the fall and consists 
of one 5K race and 
then three 8K races. Regionals are 10K races. During the winter 
and spring, he ran indoor and outdoor track, and many of those 
races consisted of 3,000 meter steeples, which are simply about 
26 vicious laps around a track equivalent to the size of our once- 
existing Samford track. 

Sundays are usually a day of rest for most Samford students, and 
that was exactly what Cameron attempted to do. With running 
being the intense sp< >ri that n is. he \\ as in much need < >t resl and 
chose to do so by worshiping the Lord at Red Mountain Church. 
He also used Sundays to catch up on schoolwork and had the 
theory that keeping up on work, kept him from getting behind. 
"Do a little, breathe a little," Cameron said. He managed to do 
both and live the life of an athlete. 

Cameron mentioned he was amazed at the fact that 
many students complain about not having time to do 
anything during Step Sing season. To himself, he responded 

to these complaints with, "Well, welcome to mv life." 
With such a committed lifestyle, if is questionable on whether or 
not he had time for social life. Cameron said staying motivated 
was the hard part. The weekdays were for running and class, and 
the weekends were for socializing and doing whatever he may 
have wanted to do. As for juggling family life, Cameron said it 
wasn't really an issue. He is from Chattanooga so he was just a 
few hours away. 

"Competing in the SoCon, meets are closer so I get to see my 
family more often," Cameron said. 

It is obvious that school, work, athletics and life can be stressful, 
but student-athletes must run the race swiftly with endurance 
and stand to raise the bar. Cameron has certainly proved that it 
is possible. With a high GPA and dental school on the horizon, 
he didn't leave much room for slack. 

"Cameron's endurance capabilities come from hours of 
(running) out on the streets, paths and trails of Homewood, 
logging many miles of running coupled with an ability to push 
his body to the limits," head track and cross country coach Rod 
Tiffin said. 

Cameron's college experience has been very different from that 
of a typical student, but he hasn't taken one minute of it for 

"The most amazing thing about being an athlete is getting 
to experience the normal college experience but getting to 
experience 10 times better, kinda like a movie in high definition," 
Cameron said. 

The most amazing thing about being an athlete is getting 
to experience the normal college experience, but 10 times 
better, kinda like a movie in high definition. 

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Hitting homelyns and 

5:45 a.m. 


For most Samford students, waking up regularly at 5:45 in the 
morning is simply unimaginable, unless of course they never 
went to sleep the night before. But for junior Softball player 
Aaren Fisher, 6 a.m. workouts are just another part of the job 
description for what it takes to be an NCAA Division I college 
athlete. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall 
semester, Aaren is up early with her teammates running, sprinting 
and lifting weights in preparation for the upcoming season. 

7:30 a.m. 

Next, Aaren is off to the Caf for breakfast. "I love eadng 
breakfast," Aaren said. "It gets me going; it's also like my quiet 
dme to think and plan out and prepare for my day." And Aaren 
needs that extra time to regroup and prepare for the hecdc day 
that awaits her. 

8:00 a.m. 

Classes monopolize Aaren's dme until about 1 1:00 a.m. every 
day. A nutrition/dietetics major and French minor, Aaren 
maintains a high GPA while taking classes such as anatomy 
and chemistry. She aspires to become a nutritionist for NASA 
astronauts preparing to go into space. 

11:00 a.m. 

After classes is the all important lunch hour. This is a time for 
Aaren to relax with teammates and friends before practice. 

1:00 p.m. 

In the afternoon, Aaren's time is devoted completely to softball. 
She constantly shifts between batting practice, outfield practice 
and team practice until dinner. In the fall, the softball team 
practices six days a week and has 10 pre-season games. During 
the spring season, Aaren is expecting to plav over 70 games while 
also sustaining this frenzied schedule. 

5:00 p.m. 

Following practice, Aaren and her teammates make one final 
trip to the Caf for dinner. Aaren is then off to the library, study 
group or her dorm room to study. "I spend three hours every 

for the moon 

he life of an athlete: Aaren Fisher 

night studying depending on whether or not I have a test, then 
I study more," Aaren said. "I always put academics first, then 
softball because I know softball will not support me in a future 

But she loves playing softball at Samford and said she was very 
excited about coming to the South to pursue her passion for 
sport. "Aaren is an outstanding offensive player and seems to 
have a knack for coming through in the clutch. You never have 
to question her effort or intensity," head softball coach Beanie 
Ketchum said. 

10:30 p.m. 

It's lights out for Aaren and the rest of the team in anticipation 
of another day in the life of a Samford softball player. 

Spare TimeA/Veekends 

In the rare event that Aaren's day is not jammed-packed and 
over-scheduled, she maintains time to dedicate to friends, family 
as well as herself. For Aaren, the biggest key to her success as a 
collegiate student athlete is "excellent time management. I know 
how long I need to study, and I know how long I need to take 
just for myself." 

Coming to Birmingham from Las Vegas, short weekend 
trips home are not an option. Thus, she works extra 
hard to preserve her relationship with her parents back 
home and her brother in Oklahoma. She talks on the phone 
frequently with her family and dedicates at least 30 minutes of 
every weekend to catch up on life with them. 
Despite all the hard work and time that Aaren pours into her 
studies and softball, she does not forget to have a good time and 
enjoy her college years. Like any typical Samford student, Aaren 
spends the majority of her free time bowling, going to the dollar 
theatre and simply hanging out with her teammates and other 
friends. Even as a dedicated athlete and serious student, Aaren 
is diligent in building relationships with new college friends, 
maintaining family bonds 1,800 miles away from home and 
experiencing everything that college life has to offer. 

Story: Matt Westberry 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographvs: Aaren Fisher, 

Jordan Jarvis & Leah |ane Henderson 

The biggest key to success as a collegiate student athlete 

s excellent time management. I know how long I need to 

study, and I know how long I need to take just for myself. 

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Against All Odds 


As the new team in the SoCon, the Bulldog football team had 
the odds against them. They weren't expected to do well, 
much less compete. In fact, the Bulldogs were projected to 
finish last and win only two games by the Preseason Coaches Poll. 
However, the Bulldogs defied the odds, tied for fifth and posed a 
winning record of 6-5. 

It was a situation and an experience that was new for all of us," head 
coach Pat Sullivan said. "We had a chance to win and lose a lot of 
games. The intangibles, like the chemistry on the team, were really 
good. The leadership we got from our seniors was really excellent. All 
of the media didn't give us a chance, and we ended up at 6-5. The 
Level of competition in the Southern Conference is really high, and this 
season taught us that we can compete against the big teams." 

One of those big teams was the SEC's Ole Miss. The Bulldogs opened 
their season with two non-conference home wins against West Georgia 
and Faulkner before hitting the road to plav the Rebels. The team said 
that if a few calls went differently, they could have held their ground in 
( )xford. Even though the 10-34 loss wasn't as close as thev would have 
liked, the game gave them confidence for the rest of the season. 

While the Ole Miss game was key, senior linebacker and fitness and 
health promotion major Rodney Shepherd thought the games against 
1 Jon and Western Carolina were big statements. The Bulldogs fell tci 
eighth-ranked Elon, 17-23, and beat Western Carolina by a margin of 
15 points, 21-6. _^j 

give us a chance, and 
we ended up at 6-5. 

"Western Carolina was one of the teams that scheduled us to be a 
Homecoming game," defensive MVP Shepherd said. "They came into 
the game thinking it would be an easy game, but we came out with a big 
win. With Elon, even though we lost, we were still motivated because 
they were second in the conference, and we felt like we could hang with 
die big teams after that." 

And hang they did. When three-time defending national champions 
Appalachian State came to visit, the Bulldogs proved the SoCon to be 
their stomping ground. Plaving in front of a record crowd of 10,670, 
Seibert Stadium's diird largest in history, the Bulldogs batded the 
Mountaineers until the final quarter. The game was closer than the 24- 
35 score showed. 

The Furman game was even closer. The Paladins won the previous 
four match-ups between the schools, and the Bulldogs fought to end 
the streak. Having battled back with 20 points in the fourth quarter 
alone, the Bulldogs walked away heartbroken, losing 28-27 after redshirt 
sophomore and political science major John Paul Fraites' extra point 
attempt was blocked with less than two minutes left in the game. 

The team as a whole contributed to the success, but some players 
finished with added honors. Freshman quarterback and business major 
Dustin Taliaferro was named SoCon Freshman of die Year. Redshirt 
sophomore running back and pre-pharmacy major Chris Evans and 

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redshirt sophomore defensive lineman and exercise science major 
Patrick Hatcher were named to First Team All-Conference, while 
redshirt senior offensive Lineman and biology major Mitchell Waters, 
junior defensive back and business major Andy Davis and sophomore 
linebacker and physical education major Bryce Smith were named to 
Second Team All-Conference. 

Evans was also named the team's offensive MVP. He finished the 
season with 1,352 yards and 14 touchdowns and praises not himself, 
but his team for its effort. "We just stuck to the same routine," Evans 
said. "We watched films of the other teams' games and players, went 
to practices and did what we needed to get better. We don't believe in 
moral victories, we just put it out on the field. The coaches did a great 
job getting us prepared. We had a lot of motivation because a lot of 
people thought we wouldn't do well. We did a good job stepping up and 
coming up with some wins." 

The inaugural season in the SoCon proved the Bulldogs' stamina 
and potential. The Samford community as a whole was proud of the 
outcome, and Sullivan said he "can't thank the students, the faculty and 
the fans enough for all their support. It means a lot more to our players 
than they know, and we hope to see them in the coming fall." 

Story: Shafiq Islam 

Layout: Lauren Sharpe 

Photographs: Evan Chandlee & Julian 


a Different Tone 



I In order to set a solid foundation, the team worked 
on the basics of serving, passing, defending and learning and 

his year's volleyball season started August 8 with three-a- 
day practices, three days a week for pre-season training, 

understanding each other as a team. This was the beginning 
of an era for new head coach Derek Schroeder's three-phase 
program that would lead the team to an excellent season. 
Phase two, establishing a top position in the SoCon, began after 
the team's first game against 

in-state rivals, the Auburn 
Tigers. The Bulldogs pulled 
a confidence-boosting upset 
with a 3-0 sweep over the 

"We were fired up the 
whole game and never let 
down," sophomore captain 
and education major Hillary 

Fountain said. "The whole team was pretty much unstoppable. 
This was a huge win for us because it was the first game of 
the season and it let everyone in our conference and in the 
volleyball circuit know that we were a whole different Samford 
volleyball team that no one had seen before." The team was 
picked to finish fourth in the North Division of the SoCon in 
the preseason coaches poll and was determined to prove that 
they were a stronger team than general expectations. 

The team continued to raise the bar throughout the rest of the 
season and went into the conference tournament with a 10-1 
conference record. With the Bulldog's first year in the SoCon, 
the team had everything to prove, and Schroeder said he felt the 
girls had successfully established Samford as a team to beat in 
the last part of the season. 

As the team entered phase three, they continued training and 
preparing as well as possible for the conference tournament. In 
the first round of the tournament, the Bulldogs pulled a 3-0 win 
against Davidson to advance to the next round of tournament 
play. However, the team fought Furman for five games to a 
devastating loss in the second round. 

"I pointed them in the right direction, but the girls did most 
of the work. This was the most fun I have ever had as a coach 
and the best relationship I have ever felt with my team. At the 
end of the year we should be able to say 'we did it together,'" 
Schroeder said. 

Despite failing to earn the conference championship, individual 
players were recognized. Senior transfer and Cumberland 
Law student Ashley Adams led the team in hitting percentage 
throughout the season and was named SoCon Player of the 
Year. She was later given All-Region honors for her offensive 
performance throughout the season. "The award was a 
big surprise being new to Samford's team and the SoCon." 
Adams said. "It was a great feeling winning that award my 
senior year because I will never have that chance again, but 
a conference championship would have been even better." 

In their first season in the SoCon, the Bulldogs were statistics 
leaders in all but three categories. The first full season in the 
Pete Hanna Center attributed to a level of confidence at home 
matches. Players also said the team chemistry experienced this 
year made the biggest difference regarding its success. "Everyone 
worked well together all season long. We really loved each other 
and were very close as a team, which together helped to make a 
successful team and season," Adams said. 

Senior captain and biology major Courtney 
I Gay commented on hopes for next season 

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I the SoCon next season again. I will miss 

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are all so determined to improve." 

Story: Maggie Bridges 

Layout: Lauren Sharpe 

Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

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Women's Soccer 

L going into its inaugural season in the 

ife lessons will teach Southern Conference. 
"We were low in confidence and 
that digging oneself team morale going into our first 
SoCon season," senior co-captain 
a hole only requires and nursing major Cayley Winters 

said. "It was a difficult place to be 
finding a way to climb back out for each individual player as well. 

The competition was high for every 

— and the women's soccer team 
can attest to that after the 2008 
fall season. 

position on the field, and we hadn't 
scored any goals or figured out how 
to put the pieces together." 
The first glimmer of hope came 
during the team's first home weekend 
against Elon and UNC-Greensboro. 

Leaving the 2007 
season on a high note 
with Sam ford's first 
ever at-large bid to an 
NCAA tournament, the 
team's pre-conference 
schedule boasted games 
against some ot the 
top programs in the 
Southeast. Not only 
was the competition 

tough, every game was on foreign The Bulldogs swept Elon 3-0 in 
turf. After a few close losses (and front of an enthusiastic Friday night 
some not-so-close losses), the team crowd and played UNC-G to a 
found themselves with a 1-7 record double-overtime 0-0 tie on a perfect 

I think our strong finish in the 
SoCon proved to everybody that 
we belong there and deserve to 
be respected 

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Layout : Megan Marr 
Photographs: Stephen Nelson 

Sunday afternoon. UNC-G had won 
the regular season championship for 
the past two years and was on an 1 8- 
game undefeated streak in conference 
match-ups, so the Bulldogs gained a 
boost of confidence after such a solid 

As the season went on, the team 
continued to get the job done on 
the field. After being picked to finish 
fourth in the pre-season coaches poll, 
the Bulldogs finished third and just 
one win shy of placing second behind 
UNC-G. "I think our strong finish 
in the SoCon proved to everybody 
that we belong there and deserve to 
be respected," junior co-captain and 
nursing major Caroline Baxter said. 
"After such a rough pre-conference 
schedule, we showed what we were 
really made of through the success in 
the regular season games." 

With high hopes of a second 
consecutive visit to the NCAA 
tournament, the Bulldogs defeated 
the College of Charleston in penalty 
kicks for a trip to Charleston, SC for 
the conference tournament. They 
faced Western Carolina University in 
the semi-finals game Friday night. The 
Bulldogs defeated the Catamounts 
two weeks prior on the Catamount's 
senior day. After a sloppy game of 
soccer, the Catamounts stole the 
win, sending the Bulldogs home and 
putting an end to their season. 

"I think that the future is very bright 
for us," Yelton said. "We have a 

tremendously young squad and great 
team chemistry. Our players are great 
individuals and I think they are a 
talented lot." The Bulldogs graduated 
five seniors this year, none of whom 
held starting positions at the end of 
the season. 

At the end of the season, players 
and coaches said that it was about a 
lot more than soccer this year. Not 
only did the women give all they had 
at every practice and game, but they 
spent time off the field serving the 
Birmingham community. Initiated 
by new assistant coach and former 
Bulldog captain Sharon Young, some 
players helped in a Monday night 
soccer clinic with kids who live in 
inner-city Birmingham. 

"I loved being able to serve those 
kids with the talents and gifts that 
I've been given," senior physical 
education major Candace Clippard 
said. "It's really awesome to be able 
take what we know about soccer and 
pour it into the next generation of 

Through recruitment and the four- 
year experience, players said there 
is and has always been something 
different about the program. Yelton 
said he believes in building the 
character of each player through 
her experience in Samford soccer, 
whether it be on the field or off the 

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Same Game, \ 1CUU Face 

Men's Club Soccer 

Recognition was the name of the game this year for men's 
club soccer. With new coaches, new uniforms and new 
intensity, the Bulldogs joined the ranks as an organized 
team. What was just like any other after school hobby became 
just like any other varsity sport. This year men's soccer was better 
recognized both on campus and on a national scale. 

For senior captain and religion major Caleb Foust, a huge reason 
for the success was the players' seriousness. "The team as a whole 
came together after our first loss and decided to be serious," Foust 
said. "We started to be at practices on time and working together 
on the field. We started to have lots of communication and a 
game plan. Because of this we were able to score goals, which 
also helped quite a bit." Freshman psychology 
major and goal keeper Patrick Locke agreed 
that teamwork steadily progressed from the 
beginning of the season. 

Foust attributed improvements in team 
chemistry to leadership of players and 
especially a new coaching staff. This season 
was the first with coaches who were not 
players. Coaches Mateo Patel and Tomas Fox 
both have international playing experience 
and contributed significantly to the team. 

"They were able to keep people involved," Foust said. "We 
knew they had valuable knowledge and experience which could 
help us progress and it did. They were heavy contributors on the 
attitude we developed of a team mentality." Locke said coaches 
enabled the team to get the most out of practice. "Instead of 
having to waste time debating on drills, everything was set up 
and ready to go," he said. 

The improvements in teamwork and leadership led to success 
on the field. The Bulldogs finished the season 7-2-4, a drastic 
improvement from last year's losing record of 0-0-10. A team 

everyone could easily beat transformed into a team to compete 
in the matter of one year, as proven in ties with SEC teams Ole 
Miss and Alabama. 

With a winning record, the team received a national ranking of 
20th and an invitation to the national tournament. The Bulldogs 
were the second highest ranked team in Alabama. Auburn was 
ranked 17th. After the tournament, the team was ranked 12th. 
Foust said the ranking was a confidence booster after finishing 
last year at 78th. 

Tournament success was not as good as hoped, but both 
Foust and Locke said the team played well with only 1 3 players. 
Exhaustion led to losses to Iowa State and Villanova before 

— I falling to tournament 

champion Virginia 

Tech. Foust said he 
was proud of the team 
and that it represented 
Sam ford well. 
The team's future 
looks promising. 

Another big attribute 
to the team's success 
was the recognition and support from Dr. Westmoreland. As 
the relationship with administration and the athletic department 
improves, word is getting out about men's soccer. Hopes linger 
to become an official NCAA sport, perhaps the best recognition 
of all. 

A team everyone could 
easily beat transformed 
into a team to compete 

Story: Lauren Sharpe 

Layout: Lauren Sharpe 

Photographs: Jane Cunningham 

and Dubose Ratchford 

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Men's & Women's Cross Country 

With a new coach, a foreign practice track and a 
different pool of competition, the men's and 
women's cross country teams faced challenges and 
proved that adversity can bring out the best in a team. 

The season opened in Nashville, Tenn. at the Belmont 
Invitational where the women tied for fourth and men grabbed 
the fifth place. Freshman undeclared major Andrea Seccafien led 
the women and senior biology major Cameron Bean led the men. 
The teams were able to feel out their strengths and weaknesses in 
this first meet and test the waters for what the remainder of the 
season might look Like. 

Sophomore undeclared major Hillary Neal said the team's 
second race at the Crimson Classic was an improvement from 
the first. "As a team, we really came together and worked hard 
as a group to all be up at the front running together, which was 
really exciting to be able to do," she said. Neal was named OVC 
Freshman of the Year last year. 

Just before the conference championship, the teams built 
their confidence at the Furman Invitational where the women 
placed tirst and the men placed second. As consistent with races 
throughout the season, Neal and Seccafien led the women while 
Bean set the pace for the men. 

The Bulldogs faced their first SoCon Championship race in 
Spartanburg, SC with high hopes for success, especially on the 
women's side. Though picked to finish sixth in pre-conference 
polls, both teams were confident that a higher finish was in view. 
After a solid race by the top Bulldog runners, the men finished 
fourth overall while the women had a dramatic and controversial 
finish, landing second place overall. 

We really came together 
and worked hard as a group 
to all be up at the front 
running together. 

"We came in to make a statement and I think we did that," head 
coach Rod Tiffin said. "We were just a couple points away from 
a championship on the girls' side, but that gives us something to 
look forward to next year." 

Neal and 
Seccafien led 
the Bulldogs, 
both placing 
in the top ten. 
Both were 
named First 
Team All- 

was named SoCon Freshman of the Year. Bean placed sixth 
overall and was named to the First Team All-Conference tor 
the men. 

The team finished the season at NCAA South Regionals in 
Maryville, Tenn. The women went into the race ranked 1 3th and 
finished 12th, which left them feeling positive about their season 
and ready for improvement for next year. The men went into 
the race unranked and came out in the top 15. Senior Spanish 
education major Katie Almand said, "We really pulled together 
and ran as a team like this team has never done before." 

The components of the coaching staff were brand new to 
the team this year and required flexibility from all the athletes. 
Runners had to learn how to adjust to Tiffin's coaching style while 
learning to work under new assistant coach and former Bulldog 
runner Lauren Blankenship, who was titled an All- American in 

1 34 Sports I Raising the Bar 

her college running career. Along with these two adjustments, 
assistant coach Chad James spent the first half of the season in 
Beijing, China working with the United States Paralympics Track 
and Cross Country team. He returned mid-season to resume his 
role as Bulldog assistant coach. 

On top of the coaching adjustments, runners returned from 
summer break to a torn up track due to the football field 
improvements and field house construction. While cross country 
requires distance training, many of the athletes use the track as a 
place for working on running techniques. They had to relocate to 
a local high school for the season. 

Despite the dramatic changes in the program, Almand said running 
this year was the best out of her four at Samford. "Individually 
and as a team we were more successful this year than we have 
been in the past," Almand said. "We really turned some heads 
in Southern Conference by coming in with a bang and placing 
second. Our team also had more heart and fire than ever before." 

Story: Val Kikkert & Matt Westberry 
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The 2008-09 season was a 
time of new beginnings for 
the basketball team. Along 
with the transition to the Southern 
Conference, the team lost two 
seniors, who were leading scorers 
in the 2007-08 campaign. Entering 
the conference, the Bulldogs were a 
mystery to SoCon opponents, just as 
the opponents were mysteries to the 
Bulldogs. "This year was really about 
finding out for ourselves exactly 
where we stood in a new league," 12- 
year head coach jimmy Tillette said. 

Despite the newness of the 
conference, the team finished with 
a .450 winning percentage and third 
in the North Division. The Bulldogs' 
season ended in the semi-finals against 
SoCon Tournament Champion UT- 
Chattanooga. "Chattanooga had 
six seniors who saw lots of time on 
the court, and in the end their desire 
proved to be the difference," Tillette 
said. With the final score of 81-70, 
the Bulldogs proved they could still 
hold their own in a conference where 
they were said to be the underdogs. 
Stephen Curry and Davidson's 
visit to Samford helped to draw a 
record crowd of 

Entering the conference, the 
Bulldogs were a mystery to SoCon 
opponents, just as the opponents 
were mysteries to the Bulldogs. 

5,116 fans in 

Corts Arena. 

Some students 

spent the night 

outside of Pete 

1 [anna Center 

to ensure first 

I admittance into 

the arena for 

the big game. The sports department 

made and sold "White Out" shirts 

to the student body to promote 

"Whiting Out Davidson." Not only 
was the crowd more h\ped up than 
ever before, but the team produced a 
quality game that came down to the 
final seconds before the winner was 
decided. "Seeing our Bulldogs play up 
against a very well-known team and 
give them a run for their money was 
well worth the time I spent waiting 
to get in the arena, and I am very 
proud of them," junior classics major 
Katherine Brock said. 

The family connections within the 
team were also significant this season. 
Freshman business management 
major Jeffrey Merritt is the third 
legacy from the Merritt family to wear 
the Samford jersey. Former Samford 
Ail-American honorable mention J. 
Robert Merritt set a standard for the 
family and was followed by Joe Ross, 
who graduated in 2008. Tillette said, 
"Joe Ross was one of the toughest 
players to ever put on a Samford 
uniform." Also paving the way for 
a younger sibling was junior public 
administration major Bryan Friday. 
Friday was the leading scorer this 
season and was one of five SoCon 
players named to the SoCon All- 
Tournament Team. Bryan's younger 
brother, Matthew, entered this season 
as a redshirt freshman and saw his 
own time on the court as well. 

The Bulldogs ended the season with 
a 16-16 (9-11 SoCon) record but 
came out with a better understanding 
of the SoCon and what is to come 
in the next year. With only one 
graduating senior, Tillette said he is 
looking to the younger players to step 
into leadership roles next year. 

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were a close group, 
and it showed in our success. 

he women's basketball team was new to the SoCon this 
season, but the Bulldogs proved themselves anything 
but amateurs. Fourth in conference preseason polls, 
the team climbed to a second place regular season finish behind 
Chattanooga and logged one of the best seasons in program 

In a season head coach Mike Morris called "very successful 
with a disappoindng ending," the Bulldogs finished 22-7 with 
the second most wins and least number of losses in Samford 
women's basketball history. The conference record, 16-4, was 
also a program best. 

"We came out strong for our first year in the SoCon," sophomore 
guard and journalism and mass communicadon major Emily 
London said. "We let teams know we'll be in it to win it and won't 
expect anything less." 

Redshirt junior guard and sociology major Monica Maxwell 
agreed. "We shocked a lot of teams," she said. 

The Bulldogs started the season with a five-game win streak, 
including a road win against Alabama. Beadng the Crimson Tide 
61-55 in overtime at Tuscaloosa was a feat Samford had never 
done. "It was a big win for us to beat an SEC team on their 
floor," Morris said. 

The team then suffered two close 
defeats. The first was against Evansville 
in the Samford-UAB Thanksgning 
Classic. After trailing double digits in 
the second half, the Bulldogs fought 
to take the game into two overtimes. 
Scoreless in the second overtime, the 
women lost the diriller 58-54. 

The second was the team's conference opener at Chattanooga. 
The Bulldogs led 54-49 with less than four minutes. However, 
Chattanooga responded with a series of lay-ups, with the winning 
shot at 52 seconds left. The Bulldogs came up one point short, 

Morris said it was tough to lose the first conference game, but his 
team's confidence was not shaken long. The Bulldogs bounced 
back with their first conference win at Wofford, 67-62, and a hard 
fought game at No. 9 Baylor. 

The Baylor game was definitely a highlight, London said. "We 
showed we could contend with them," she said, "and we never 
backed down." After a 23-point deficit in the second half, the 
Bulldogs cut the lead to five with three minutes left. The Bulldogs 
lost the contest 51-63. 

The team then went on an 11 -game conference win streak, 
including big wins against the University of North Carolina at 
Greensboro and Western Carolina. 

London hit a last-second three-pointer to defeat UNC-G 44-4 1 . 
Both Morris and Maxwell count the game as a season highlight. 
"It showed the more we play together, we'll come out on top," 
Maxwell said. 

The score against WCU wasn't near as close as the UNC-G 
game. The Bulldogs won the road game 69-41, having scored 
42 points in the second half. Western was ranked second in 
preseason polls. 

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The Bulldogs' win streak was halted 
by UNC-G when the Spartans won 
49-37 in Greensboro. After leading 
24-22 at halftime, the Bulldogs were 
outscored in the second half 27-13. 

Two more disappointing conference 
losses came after a four-game 
conference win streak. The first was 
Western Carolina's retaliation. The 
team fought back from a 10-point 
deficit at halftime and came within 
one point of the Catamounts. The 
Bulldogs dropped the game 55-53. 

The final regular season game, senior 
night against Chattanooga, was the 
heartbreaker for the team. Playing 
for first in the SoCon, the Bulldogs 
suffered a 48-72 defeat as the Mocs 
claimed their 10th consecutive regular 
season title. Maxwell said the game 
was "horrible," and that the team had 
the potential to win the league but let 
it slip away. 

Morris said his team lost confidence 
after the back-to-back losses. London 
agreed. "Our confidence level was 
shot," she said. "We went from high 
to low in a short amount of time." 

To overcome what Maxwell called a 
"losing slump," the team continued 
to work hard. Maxwell said the 
consistent effort showed in the first 
round of the SoCon tournament. 
The Bulldogs defeated UNC-G 58-49 
and advanced to the semifinals against 
Western Carolina. WCU ended the 
Bulldogs' season with a 66-53 defeat 
and captured both the tournament 
championship and an automatic bid 

to the NCAA tournament. 

London said losing to WCU was 
tough, but the Bulldogs had a good 
tournament showing for their first 

"We should've won," Maxwell said. 
"There was no excuse not to. We had 
more fire the second game. It just 
didn't go the way we wanted." 

Despite the early ending, the season 
was a Bulldog best. Morris attributed 
the team's success to its chemistry. 
"Team chemistry was definitely one 
of our strengths," he said. "They 
were unselfish on the court. They 
were a close group, and it showed in 
our success." 

Maxwell also said the team chemistry 
contributed to the play on the court. 
"This was the first year we were really 
close on and off the court," she said. 
"Even if we lost, we could walk off 
the court and be the best of friends." 

While it was a team effort, some 
earned individual accolades. Morris 
was named the SoCon Coach of the 
Year. "It's a great award," Maxwell 
said. "No one thought he'd bring us 
in and do well, but we did a great job 

London finished the season with a 
number of honors. The February 
SoCon Athlete of the Month and 
two-time SoCon Player of the Week 
led the conference in free-throw 
percentage at 90.2 percent and was 
second in three-point percentage 
at 46.4 percent. She averaged 13.8 
points per game. She was selected 

for the Preseason All-Conference 
Team and was also named Honorable 
Mention National Player of the 
Month by the Women's Basketball 
Coaches' Association. 

Senior forward and sports medicine 
major Chika Okoli was named to 
the second-team All-Tournament 
team. She averaged 15.5 points and 
5.5 rebounds per game during the 
tournament. She also made 63.6 
percent of her shots from the floor. 

Morris said the entire team did a 
great job "setting the tone" as SoCon 
competitors, regardless of the season's 
outcome. The Bulldogs showed the 
SoCon they were contenders and set 
high expectations for next season. 

As for next season, "We'll be the 
team to beat," Maxwell said. 

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Photographs: Leah Jane Henderson 

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Better than 
the Record 



It was a learning year for Bulldog baseball. Starting with a 
three-a-week weightiifting and conditioning schedule and a 
five-a-week practice schedule in the fall, the team was about 
to enter a new league of baseball and was determined to receive 
recognition for its talent. The Southern Conference, a top-10 
college baseball league in America, proved to be no simple task 
to undertake. 

Catcher and freshman exercise science major Brad Moss said, 
"We got off to a hot start, hit a little rough patch, but we came 

With upsets against the University of Alabama, Auburn 
University and Western Carolina, Samford baseball proved to be 
a team that can pull through. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide brought a tough game, going into 
extra innings with a final score of 14-13, in Samford's favor. 
With a 7 7 tied score, the Western Carolina game also went into 
extra innings resulting in an 8-7 Samford win. 

Freshman pitcher and undeclared major Kyle Putkonen pitched 
seven innings against Auburn, giving up only two hits and 
striking out a career-high eight batters. Freshman pitcher and 
sports medicine major Josh Martin followed with two more no- 
hit innings to earn the 8-2 win. 

Ending the season with an overall record of 17-35, 9-21 SoCon, 
the quality of wins, not quantity, is what the team said really 
matters. The team did not make it to the SoCon Tournament, 
bur players said there were definitely lessons learned throughout 
each practice and game. 

"Though the wins and losses haven't showed it, the team had 
a lot of talent and an overall good season," senior history major 
and pitcher Kyle Nichols said. Nichols was awarded the title of 

Mr. Bulldog for his team and campus leadership at the inaugural 
Samspys Award Show. 

SoCon Player of the Week, junior international relations major 
and infielder Wayne Miller had a strong season for the Bulldogs. 
He led the team with a .339 batting average, three home runs, 
28 RBI and 24 stolen bases out of 26 attempts. Also, infielder and 
sophomore business major Stephen Ballard had an outstanding year 
with a .350 batting average, two home runs and 21 RBI. Leading the team 
widi 10 home 
runs, David 

Schulze, outfield 
player and junior 
major, had a .335 
batting average 
and 57 RBI. 


We got off to a hot start, 
hit a little rough patch, but 
we came back. 

ended the season 

with a 16-3 loss to Georgia Southern in regular seaons play, but the 
cc (aching staff said they are looking forward to building on die talented 
and strong team from diis season. 

In looking toward next season, head coach Casey Dunn said, 
"We will return a lot of key players and some that were injured 
this season. The new' signees will help out a lot. Our freshmen 
this year had a really strong season so we look forward to another 
next year." 

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Layout : Megan Man- 
Photographs: Ina Abies 

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Refusing to Strike Out 

The theme of the 2009 softball 
season was "overcoming 
obstacles and working with 
what we had," redshirt junior pitcher 
and sports medicine major Stephanie 
Royall said. 

The Bulldogs fought hard to stay in 
the game this season despite an injury- 
plagued roster and reoccurring line- 
up changes. Even though its record 
of 21-30 wasn't as good as hoped 
for, the team proved successful in its 
own right, for it learned an invaluable 
lesson in perseverance and won the 
batde with adversity. 

"I was pleased with how we finished 
the season," head coach Beanie 
Ketcham said. "We overcame many 
hardships and obstacles and really 
pulled things together the last couple 
of weeks of the season to play good 
softball at the right rime. We learned 
invaluable life lessons along the way 
that transcend what you learn on the 
playing field. Those are the things 
that will be remembered about this 

Ketcham added that her team never 
quit fighting, and for that she was 

Sophomore biology major and 
outfielder Aaren Fisher knew that her 
team wasn't fighting these obstacles 
alone. "The Lord was definitely 
watching over us," she said. "He 
gave us enough able bodies to keep 
playing and to persevere through the 

And persevere they did. Through 
a season-ending elbow injury, five 
broken hands, a severe quad injury, 
the removal of a blood cyst, 
several shoulder issues and a 
family tragedy, the Bulldogs 
reached the semifinal game of the 
SoCon Tournament. They were 
ousted by Georgia Southern in a 
4-3 heartbreaker. 

"We deserved to win it," Fisher said. 
"We went into extra innings, but we 
just couldn't push through." 

"[The loss] was a big rime 
bummer," Royall said. "But our play 
in the tournament was absolutely 
huge. We played well. It just didn't 

Before meeting Georgia Southern, 
the Bulldogs upset No. 2 seed College 
of Charleston, 6-1, and No. 3 seed 
Appalachian State, 3-1, in the first 

two rounds of the tournament. 

"We came in to the tournament, 
and everyone expected us to lose and 
get pushed aside," Fisher said. "We 
played our game to the best of our 
ability and showed them we were on 
the same page." 

Royall said the team's early 
tournament victories resulted in a 
"complete transformation" of the 
attitude toward them in the SoCon. 

We gained a lot of 
respect and showed 
the other teams not 
take us for granted. 

"No one expected much from us 
or wanted us to do well," she said. 
"Then the teams we beat were in 
the stands cheering for us against 
Chattanooga. We gained a lot of 
respect and showed the other teams 
not to take us for granted." 

The Bulldogs fell to Chattanooga in 

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the third round of the tournament, 
3-2, with a walk-off home run in the 
seventh inning. 

"We fell short of our goal of 
winning the tournament, so that was 
a disappointment and leaves a sour 
taste in our mouths, but hopefully it 
will fan the flame of desire for next 
year," Ketcham said. 

In these disappointing losses and 
also exciting victories, the strength of 
the team this year was undoubtedly 
its chemistry. 

"It was truly a joint effort," Royall 
said. "Everyone pulled their weight 
and stepped up when we needed to 
pull through." 

"Everyone in their own right was a 
contributor, even those off the field," 
Fisher said. "Everyone had a role, and 
we couldn't win without them." 

Fisher added that this unity taught 

the team selflessness. "Putting others 
before ourselves became a priority," 
she said. 

Some players were also recognized 
for individual achievements. Senior 
exercise science major Jessica Owens 
was named the first SoCon Player of 
the Week of the season and finished 
with the highest batting average in 
the conference. She was also named 
to the All-Tournament Team. Royall 
also claimed a Player of the Week 
title, being named the Pitcher of the 
Week for two consecutive weeks. 

Senior biology major Kylie Harmon 
was honored for her academic 
achievements by being named to 
the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine 
Academic All-District First Team 
while her younger sister, freshman 
biology major Robyn, was named 
to the AM-SoCon Team. Robyn 
and freshman business major Amy 
Gonzalez were named to the SoCon 
All-Freshman Team. 

With the injury-ridden season 
behind them and a good showing for 
their first SoCon Tournament, the 
Bulldogs said they are excited about 
the future. Ketcham said her team 
can "compete well in this league," 
and they have the ability to take it all. 

"We've got talent, heart and a great 
group of girls," Fisher said. "The 
SoCon better watch out because 
Samford is going to take it by 

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The men's tennis team had a lot riding on their shoulders as they entered the 2009 
season. Their 2008 season was successful as they took the conference championship 
in the Ohio Valley Conference. However, the team would not return as defending 
champions but rather enter as die new team in the Southern Conference, which meant tougher 

Sophomore marketing major Carl Abalos said, "We definitely left a mark for our first year 
and made a name for ourselves." 

Although the team did not win the championship, the team learned the ropes of the SoCon. 
They completed the season 6-16-1 overall and 3-6-1 in conference play and look forward to 
improving next season. 

"I believe we will definitely have a better team next year," Abalos said. "We have new recruits 
coming in, and I believe that the new blood will bode well for our team." 

Although they will be welcoming new players, the Bulldogs are also losing two seniors, finance 
major Richard Walsh and public administration major Brian Dushock. 

"These guys played a huge role on our team," Abalos said. "They were strong leaders and 
showed us how to play on this team. They worked really hard, and will continue to be awesome 
examples for us even after they have graduated." 

With a year in the SoCon behind them, the tennis team better understands the level of 
competition and are prepared to rally in 2010. 

"We have definitely gotten our feet wet in the SoCon and are ready to take on the challenges 
that the tougher competition presents," Abalos said. 

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Rallying with 

Women's Tennis 

The women's tennis team 
entered the 2009 season with 
high standards and great 
expectations. In 2008, the Bulldogs 
were the Ohio Valley Conference 
Tournament Champions, and in both 
2007 and 2008, the team finished 
regular season champions. The 
bar was set high for the Bulldogs 
as they began the season in a new 

"Moving into the SoCon was really 
no different than the OVC with the 
excepdon of the top two or three 
teams," head coach David Vest said. 
"The top teams in the SoCon are 
stronger than the top teams in the 

OVC. After the top few spots, there 
is really not a huge difference between 
the two conferences." 

The Bulldogs certainly held their 
own in the SoCon Tournament, 
defeadng Wofford College in the first 

"We were later beaten in the 
quarterfinals of the tournament by 
College of Charleston," Vest said. 
"College of Charleston ended up 
winning the SoCon tournament 
and earning an automadc NCAA 
tournament berth." 

Before they reached the tournament, 
however, the Bulldogs had to 
overcome several challenges. "The 

most challenging aspect of the season 
was playing with only five girls," Vest 
said. "We started the fall season with 
nine girls, but we were down to five 
healthy girls when the conference 
season started." 

Despite this challenge, the Bulldogs 
finished sixth in regular season 
conference play with an 8-13 record 
overall and a 4-6 record in the 

One of the most memorable 
matches of the season was against 
cross-city rival University of Alabama 
at Birmingham. "Beadng UAB with 
only five healthy girls was excidng," 
Vest said. 

Freshman exercise science major 
Jessica Diamond agreed. "Playing 
UAB on the indoor courts was 
definitely my favorite match of this 
season," she said. "The match was 
the first win of my college tennis 

With only five players for the 
majority of the season, the Bulldogs 
knew the importance of working 
hard for their teammates. 

"I loved playing on the team," 
Diamond said. "In high school, tennis 
was an individual sport. I only had to 
focus on doing well individually, not 
to benefit a team. In college, it is a 
team sport, and every match affects 
the team." 

Though a team effort, three players 
finished the season with added 
honors. Sophomore business major 
Taylor Morgan was named to the 
SoCon First Team, while Diamond 
and sophomore business major 
Andrie Meiring were named to the 
Second Team. 

While the Bulldogs' season didn't 
quite reach the standards set by the 
previous two, the team was successful 
in setting a foundation for compedng 
in the SoCon. With its talent, team 
dynamic and a year in the SoCon, 
the team had the materials needed to 
build for future seasons. 

Story: |ennifer Tavlor 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Alex Cloke 

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he men's golf team has learned a lesson that has stuck 

with them over the years: perseverance. Throi 

seasons and changes in conferences, these men have 

found out what it truly means to work together as a team and 

to push forward. This lesson was displayed throughout the 2009 

season. Although it was not successful according to the records, 

the Bulldog stuck together as a team and played the best they 

could at each tournament. 
Head coach Woodie Eobanks said that he was proud of his 

players. "It was a tough season for us, but I know that my players 

worked hard," he said. 
"This season felt more like a roller coaster 

than anything else," sophomore international 

relations major Martin Hunt said. "We all played 

well in some tournaments, then not so great 

in others. The competition was completely 

different, and this season was mttte of a warm- 

looked up to these guys, and t 

:nt without them. (Andrew) was . 

ureal was the third best plaver in Samford 

'The sophomore had a good se aso n overall, 
with finishes in the lop 10 and top "25 brackets. 
"I definitely have room to improve, and so does the team," he 
said. "However, 1 know we are up for the challenge." 

Eubanks said most of the obstacles were due to the increased 
level of competition in the Southern Conference. "The SoCon 
challenged us with better tournaments and higher quality 
players," he said. "The competition definitely stiffened for us." 

He also mentioned three outstanding seniors as key contributors. 
He said management majors Ian Cutting and Bobby Baird and 
accounting major Andrew Villarreal played key roles in keeping 
the focus of the team. 

"They all showed great leadership and played really well," Bunt 

Bulldogs will gain four new members in next year's freshman 
class. "These new recruits show a lot of promise," Bunt said. 
"I think that the} - all are really good players and will definitely 
help establish us as a contending team within the Southern 
Conference." The incoming freshmen will prove advantageous 
J;or a fresh beginning, seeing as all t (^competition is new for 

Now with a season 
under their belt, the men's 
golf team said they are 
ready for the hurdles the 
SoCon will throw their 
way next year. The team 
is more familiar with the 
competition and is ready 
to utilize new players and begin with a new start. Eubank^aid he 
sees the new obstacles as a chance for growth and improvement. 
"I believe that we can only learn from the tougher conference," 
he said. 
The Bulldogs will remember the downfalls they have faced in 
the past and persevere onto a brighter future. "We can only get 
better and learn to compete on a higher level," Coach Eubanks 

Story: Tata Wliiti 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Alex (Joke 

This season felt more 
ike a roller coaster than 
anything else. 


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Women's Golf 



he women's golf team finished the season eighth in the 
SoCon, but its placement says nothing of the season's 
efforts. Although the Bulldogs didn't finish near the top, 
senior sports medicine major Kellie O'Connell said it was the 
"best season overall" since being at Samford. 

"We didn't finish at the top like we have in the past," she said. 
"But the SoCon is a stronger conference." 

But what was even stronger than the SoCon was the chemistry 
of the team, O'Connell said, and that is what made the season 

Junior marketing major Heather Arnold also felt the closeness 
of the girls was the season's strength. "The season went really 
well," she said. "We had a new freshman come in, and we all just 
clicked as a team and came together." 

The instant chemistry showed in the team's performance, as they 
began the spring season with a bang. After leading bv 1 5 strokes 
on the first day of the season's first tournament, the Bulldogs 
won the Birmingham Southern Ann Rhoads Invitational by an 
overwhelming 40 strokes. The win margin was the biggest the 
program has ever seen. 

"It was so surreal," said Arnold, who claimed the individual 
tournament tide after finishing the first day of competition with 
an eighth-place score. 

The Bulldogs took one-two-three in individual tournament 
play, with junior economics major Katelyn Stanier finishing just 

one stroke behind Arnold. 

We had a new freshman 
come in, and we all just clicked 
as a team and came together. 

Junior journalism and mass 
communication major Sara 
Hunt finished third. 
With such an impressive 
win, the Bulldogs hoped to 
be on their way to receiving 

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an automatic bid to the 
NCAA regional. However, 
the team fell short of its 
goal in a heartbreaking 
loss to Gardner-Webb 
University in the Larry 
Nelson Invitational hosted 
by Kennesaw State. The 
Bulldogs left the tournament 
with second place, having 
finished only two strokes 
behind GWU and possibly 
two strokes from the NCAA 
tournament bid. 

Another "upsetting" performance was the I 
conference tournament, Arnold said. The I 
Bulldogs were in third place after the first day I 
of play and sixth place after the second day. I 
In the third and final day of competition, the I 
team fell to eighth place. 

"We didn't play as well in the conference, but I 
not every day is going to be great," Arnold I 
said. "We finished with dignity and did our I 
best. We held our heads high, and hopefully 
people will see that. All we can do is think 
about the positives of the season, and if 
the SoCon can see that attitude, we can be 

Even though their conference finish was 
less than anticipated, O'Connell said it was 
fun being the underdog. "We shocked a lot 
of teams," she said. "They were scared. They 
weren't expecting much from us." 

Next year, she said, the Bulldogs will 
continue to surprise the SoCon. "We can 
play at their level," O'Connell said. "We were 
just unfamiliar with the teams, and that was a 
disadvantage. We have a good chance to win 
the conference in the future." 

"I'm excited to see how things work out," 
Arnold said. "I definitely see us doing well. 
We're going to have some big tournaments 
next year to prepare us, and the pressure 
situations will make us grind and work hard so 
can be ready come time for conference." 


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Track & Field 

We have the talent base 
land the drive to win a SoCon 

The track and field team entered a new conference with 
a new head coach, and both new elements proved to be 
a good move for the Bulldogs. Under the realm of new 
head coach Rod Tiffin, the men and women finished fourth and 
sixth in the SoCon, respectively, and gained the respect of their 
conference competition. 

Senior distance runner and Spanish major Katie Almand said 
this year was better than previous years because of Tiffin's 

"He is absolutely amazing," 
she said. "He took the team in 
a totally new direction, and we 
experienced such a change in 
our support system. He was a lot 
more passionate about the sport 
and confident in us." 

Along with the addition of a new 
head coach, competing in a new 
conference was exciting, Almand said. "We definitely made our 
mark," she said. "They were already gunning for us after finishing 
second in cross country, but we did really well and showed them 
to watch out for next year." 

"The SoCon definitely knows that we are in the conference," 
Tiffin said. "I think we showed that we are an up-and-coming 
team that will do well in the future." 

Four Bulldogs led the way in the team's first SoCon season by 
claiming conference championships. Sophomore nursing major 

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Hillary Neal took the 3,000-meter 
women's steeplechase title after 
having run it for the first time only 
two weeks prior to the championship. 
Sophomore biology major Blaise 
Carie took the same event for the 

Junior finance major Patrick Wells 
claimed not onlv the men's pole 
vault title with a jump of 16 feet 6.75 
inches but also a school record. He 
tied the record he broke earlier in the 
season at the War Eagle Invitational 
at Auburn. 

Freshman international relations 
major Andrea Seccafien finished 
first in the 5000-meter run and 
earned All-Freshman honors for 
her performance. Joining her in 
this honor were undeclared major 
Donald Cooper, sports medicine 
major Christi Myers, psychology 
major Cavan Corcoran, nutrition and 
dietetics major Deanna Zidar, nursing 
major Christian McGuire and political 
science major Thomas Oliver. 

Tiffin said he was particularlv proud 
of these freshmen. "They came in 
this year widi something to prove and 
were able to lift up their game and do 
some big things for us this season," 
he said. 

Other milestones in the season 
included regional qualifiers and 
school record breakers. With his new 
school record, Wells qualified for the 

NCAA Mideast Regional 
where he broke that 
record for the highest 
jump in personal and 
Samford history. Neal 
joined him as a qualifier 
in the 800-meter run, 
steeplechase and 1,500- 
meter run, in which she, 
too, broke the school 
record. Both athletes, 
along with Carie, claimed 
All-SoCon honors. 

In such a successful 
season, the Bulldogs 
faced only one major 
obstacle and that was the 
lack of facilities, Tiffin 
said. The team lost their 
track to the construction 
of the football field 
house and was forced to share with 
neighboring high schools. However, 
Tiffin said he does not see this being 
an issue for long. 

"I feel that with the backing of 
administration this is something that 
will be rectified in the near future," he 
said. "We will continue to get better 
with the help of our administration 
and I feel that they are on our side and 
are a great support for the program." 

Success in the SoCon also appears 
to be on the Bulldogs' side. Almand 
said that with the direction of Tiffin, 
the team will "definitely get better as 

a whole." 

"We have a young, strong, passionate 
team," she said. 

"We will win a SoCon championship 
in the near future," Tiffin said. "We 
have the talent base and the drive to 
do it." 

Story: Lauren Sharpe 
Layout : Megan Marr 
Photographs: Ina Abies 

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The ^^ 7 of the Bu 



17-35, 9-21 SoCon 
Wayne Miller 

Student-Athlete of the Week 

Men's Basketball 

16-16,9-11 SoCon 
Bryan Friday 

All-Tournament First Team 

Women's Basketball 

22-7, 16-4 SoCon 
Regular Season Runner-Up 
NCAA Public Recognition Award 

Mike Morns 

Coach of the Year 

Jennifer Elkins 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 

Savannah Hill 

All-Conference Team 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 

Emily London 

Athlete of the Month 
Women's Basketball Coaches Associa- 
tion Honorable Mention National 
Player of the Month 
All-Conference Team 
Two-time Player of the Week 
Preseason All-Conference Team 

Chika Okoli 

All-Tournament Second Team 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 

Karmen Smith 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 

Megan Wilderotter 

Student-Athlete of the Week 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 

Cross Country 

Women — SoCon Runner-Up; 12th at NCAA Regional 
Men— 4th in SoCon; 15th at NCAA Regional 
Named All-Academic by the United States 

Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association 
NCAA Public Recognition Award 

Katie Almand 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Cameron Bean 

Runner of the Week 
Fall Academic All-Conference Team 

Blaise Carie 

Scott Cope 

Jillian Klassen 

Hillary Neal 

Patrick Ollinger 

Lauren Pilcher 

Michael Schwartz 

Men's Golf 

10th at SoCon Championships 

Women's Golf 

8th at SoCon Championships 
NCAA Public Recognition Award 

Katelyn Stanier 
All-Conference Team 
Player of the Week 

Men's Tennis 

Women's Tennis 

8-13, 4-6 SoCon 
Jessica Diamond 

All-Conference Second Team 
Andrie Meiring 

All-Conference Second Team 
Taylor Morgan 

All-Conference First Team 


2 7-30, 12-16 SoCon 
Amy Gonzalez 

All-Freshman Team 
Kylie Harmon 

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 

First Team 
Robyn Harmon 

All-Conference Second Team 

All-Freshman Team 
Jessica Owens 

Player of the Week 
Stephanie Rovall 

Two-time Pitcher of the Week 

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6-5, 4-4 SoCon 

Andy Davis 

All-Conference Second Team Defense 

Chris Evans 

All-Conference First Team Offense 

Offensive Player of the Week 
Richie Fordham 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Ryan Fordham 

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 

Second Team 
Patrick Hatcher 

Defensive Player of the Week 
Rilev Hawkins 

All-Freshman Team Offense 
Bob Hooper 

Special Teams Player of the Week 
Ty Levie 

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 

Second Team 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Bryce Smith 

All-Conference Second Team Defense 
Dustin Taliaferro 

Freshman of the Year 

Freshman of the Week 
Mitchell Waters 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Jon Weber 

All-Conference Second Team Offense 


9-9-3, 8-1-2 SoCon 

NCAA Public Recognition Award 

Mary Shelton Bryant 
Jacksonville State Gamecock Classic All- 
Tournament Team 

Candace Clippard 

Alabama Sports Association for Health, 
P.E., Recreation and Dance's Student-Ath- 
lete and Young Professional of the Year 
Fall Academic All-Conference Team 

Amber Cress 

All-Tournament Team 

Natalie Fleming 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 

Shannon Healv 

Jacksonville State Gamecock Classic 

All-Tournament Team 
Theresa Henrv 

All-Freshman Team 
Valerie Kikkert 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Paige Lanter 

All-Tournament Team 

Jacksonville State Gamecock Classic 

All-Tournament Team 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Leah Leppert 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Colette Nammour 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Marchele Olds 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Kelly Shaffer 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Jenna Sturgill 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Alyssa Whitehead 

All-Freshman Team 
Sarah Wilkinson 

All-Freshman Team 
Cayley Winters 

Student-Athlete of the Week 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 

Track and Field 

Women — 6th in SoCon 

Men — 4th in SoCon 

NCAA Public Recognition Award 

Katie Almand 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Mary Barron 

Two-time Field Athlete of the Week 
Kyle Brown 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Blaise Carie 

Track Athlete of the Week 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Scott Cope 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Cavan Corcoran 

Track Athlete of the Week 
Chris Davis 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Zac Epperson 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Hillary Neal 

Athlete of the Month 

Track Athlete of the Week 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Patrick Ollinger 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Brian Post 

Winter Academic All-Conference Team 
Patrick Wells 

Three-time Field Athlete of the Week 


North Division Regular Season Champions 
28-5, 16-2 SoCon 
Ashley Adams 

American Volleyball Coaches Association 

South All-Region 

AVCA Honorable Mention All-American 

Player of the Month 

SoCon Plaver of the Year 

Three-time Plaver of the Week 
Hillary Fountain 

Two-time Player of the Week 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Rachel Gadberry 

All-Freshman Team 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Jackie Jaszcz 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Katie Luckman 

Fall Academic All-Conference Team 
Kirstein Sosnowski 

All-Conference Second Team 

Samspys Award Winners 

Athletes For Athletes Female: Megan Wilderotter 

Athletes For Athletes Male: Bryan Friday 

Athletes For Athletes Team: Women's Tennis 

Female Academic Team of the Year: Women's Golf 

Male Academic Team of the Year: Men's Golf 

Female Rookie of the Year: Taylor Morgan & Hillary 


Male Rookie of the Year: Dustin Taliaferro 

Comeback Athlete of the Year: Megan Wilderotter 

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Patrick Wells 

Supporting Player of the Year: Courtney Gay 

Best Blooper: Curt Smith 

Best Championship Performance: Hank Grant 

Best Finish: Soccer 

Best Upset: Men's Basketball 

Play of the Year: Jonathan Lowery 

Most Outstanding Team: Volleyball 

Support Staff of the Year: James Carlson 

Assistant Coach of the Year: Katherine Katz 

Coach of the Year: David Vest 

Best Female Athlete: Ashley Adams 

Best Male Athlete: Chris Evans 

Miss Bulldog: Valerie Kikkert 

Mr. Bulldog: Kyle Nichols 

Photographs: Leah Jane Henderson. Stephen Nelson, 
and Evan Chandlee 

Sports | Raising the Bar 1 59 

e Competitive (&&t 

Although many students participate in sports during 
their high school years, most find it difficult to continue 
their athletic careers on a collegiate level. With the 
time commitment, high level of talent and skill and demanding 
academics, many students cannot compete in athletics like they 
did in high school. However, Campus Recreation offers a solution 
for students still itching for athletic competition: intramural 
sports. Anyone can play intramurals, and teams consist of both 
student-athletes and those just looking to have fun. 

Old Dogs earlier in the season, so when we found out we were 
playing them in the championship game, we really saw it as a 
chance to prove ourselves," she said. "When we won, we were 
beyond excited! For me it was especially exciting to win such 
a big intramural like flag football during my first semester at 

Haley Davis, freshman interior design major, also enjoyed 
participating in intramurals during her first year at Samford. "I 
played flag football, soccer, basketball and dodgeball," Davis 
said. "My favorite sport was flag football. One time, a girl on 
the opposing team was trying to grab one of our girl's flags. As 
she was going for the flag, she accidentally ripped her shorts! It 
was hilarious." 

Playing on an intramural team can also serve as an outlet to 
meet new people. "Playing intramural volleyball was especially 
cool for me because I was on a team with all seniors," freshman 
undeclared major Catherine Butler said. 

Butler played on the Chi Omega's A division volleyball team. "I 
was nervous, but it helped me to establish friendships with older 
girls," she said. "The time we spent together made it feel like we 
had known each other forever." 

Chi Omega had a great season and went on to win the Women's 
A Division. "Winning the championship was one of the most 
exciting moments of my freshman year," Buder said. 

Intramural competition can be fierce at times, but intramurals 
are more about having fun than anything else. "I played on every 
intramural team except for soccer. It is very intense," freshman 
athletic training major Mary Yarbro said. "I played in both the 
A league and the B league. The A league is definitely more 
competitive, and "B league, although it has its intense moments, 
is more about having fun. My favorite intramural was dodgeball. 
We didn't have the most talented team, but we had a great group 
which made it fun for me." 

Winning the championship 
was one of the most exciting 
moments of my freshman year. 

The 2008-2009 school year was an exciting one for 
intramurals. A total of 3,520 students participated 
this year, with 1,730 students participating during the 
fall season, and 1,790 students in the spring. The new 
game room in Seibert Hall added to the participation 
increase. It allowed the addition of several new 
intramural sports. 

"The new game room allowed for the addition of table tennis, 
billiards, and Texas hold 'em. Racquetball was another sport 
added in the spring (as well)," coordinator of Campus Recreation 
Peter Becker said. 

While all intramural sports were popular, flag football was by far Story: Jennifer Taylor 
the most popular. "We had 71 teams participate in flag football Layout : Megan Marr 
this year," Becker said. Photographs: Leah Jane Henderson, 

This popular sport created some exciting moments at intramural Julian Hollar & Dubose Ratchford 
games. "In the Women's A Flag Football Championship, Old 
Dogs and Blackout went to five overtimes before Blackout was 
crowned the Women's A Champion," Becker said. 

Freshman journalism and mass communication major Sara 
Tarpley was on the championship Blackout Team. "We lost to 

Whether students were looking for fierce competition or just a 
way to have fun and meet new people, intramurals had something 
to offer the entire Samford community. 

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Sports I Raising the Bar 1 61 

As part of an organization, students are revealing who they are 
and what they are passionate about. Without the various 
organizations on campus, it would be difficult for students to find 
the common bond among them, and the opportunity to share these passions 
would be missed. 

We must remember that each organization has its own role on campus. Mission 
statements, goals and yearly planned events are usually in the script of each 
group. However, at the end of the year, most Samford students would say that 
the work done and goals accomplished cannot be attributed to purely their own 
skills and abilities. 

"So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only 
God, who makes things grow. . . for we are God's co-workers; you are God's 
field, God's building" (1 Corin. 3:7, 9). The growth of each organization on 
campus is recognized as the Lord's work, but in being part of a specific group 
with specific goals and passions, students have the opportunity to be co-workers 
in the effort. 

Jtatti Mania 

Samford Band shows spirit in performing 

They were planning the invasion for months, making sure 
that all of the maneuvers were executed perfectly. As they 
stormed the football field, the fans stopped and looked 
up from their programs. The British arrived. It was Beade mania 
at Samford University. 

This year's halftime show brought the sights and sounds of the 
1960s back to the field, with a show featuring the music of the 
Beatles. The show was filled with classic hits such as "Hey Jude" 
and "Eleanor Rigby." 

In order to bring back the 60s, the band purchased new flags 
and color guard uniforms. Junior education major, Spanish minor 
and Color Guard captain Zandra Warren designed new uniforms. 
"We decided to go with the psychedelic sixties," Warren said. 
"We wanted lots of color with a traditional sixties cut. We added 
a little glitz with sequin head and wrist bands." 

During halftime and throughout each football game, the band 
and color guard made sure that fans were entertained. "We 
wanted to keep on entertaining the crowd," Director of Bands 
jim Smisek said. "We didn't want to play music that would put 
them to sleep. We thought that it would be something entertaining 
that people would actually sit in their seats and watch." 

Whether the Bulldogs were winning or losing, the band made 
sure that fans had the opportunity to show their Samford spirit. 
"The band provided extra enthusiasm to get our fans on their 
feet," Warren said. "Each musician and performer had a special 
talent, and participating in the band was our way of getting 
involved and supporting Samford." 

While members of the larger Samford community often don't 
see the work that goes into the halftime show, what the band 
and color guard does at football games is only part of why the 
program is important. 

Every year, almost as soon as the marching uniforms are packed 
away, Smisek begins gathering ideas for the next year's show, in 
addition to preparing for concert season. They spend weeks 
each summer memorizing the drills and preparing music for the 
halftime show. 

Band members said the most important part of the band isn't 
the uniforms, flags or instruments. Instead, band members said 
that people make the band what it is — a special part of Samford 

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The reason we are all sti 
performing is because 
we love what we do. 

life. Junior drum major, religion major 
and Spanish minor Heather Burke said 
that getting to know students during 
band camp was the most rewarding 
part of being in the band. "Camp is 
all about coming together each year 
as a group who knows each other and 
likes to have fun," Burke said. "We do 
a lot of work, but the people are really 
what make the whole thing worth 
while. There's just something about 
helping new freshmen who come in 
without friends and start school two 
weeks later with an entire band full of 

The band's most important 
commodity was the people who make 
each performance special. "We have 
an amazing time growing as a family," 
Warren said. "The reason we are all 
still performing is because we love 
what we do." 

Story: Haley Aaron 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Evan Chandlee & Julian Hollar 

Organizations I Connecting the Dots 1 65 

Dancing for the BlllldOtJS 


The Samford Dance Team came a long way in just a few 
sin >rt years. The 2008-09 school year was the first year 
they were referred to as the "Bulldog Dancers." The team 
consisted of 1 5 dedicated and talented young women with the 
purpose of providing dancing entertainment during football and 
basketball pre-games and halftimes and a Step Sing performance. 
In addition to these appearances, the Bulldog Dancers' other 
tasks included promoting spirit, excitement and overall school 
pride for students and fans on campus. 

Of the 1 5 girls, eight of them were freshmen this year. Freshman 
pre-pharmacy major Kelli Carpenter said, "As a freshman, 
I had no real expectations of the dance team, but now 
that I am actually on it, I love it! We have so much fun 
during practice and at the games... When the fans get 
excited it makes all the hard practice worth it." 

When the fans get 
excited it makes all the 
hard practice worth it. 

organize complex choreography and formations," she said. 

On the other hand, Turner attributed this year's success to 
the size of the team. "This year the team grew. Having a young 
team gives us an awesome opportunity to grow closer together, 
improve our technique and make a name for the Bulldog Dancers 
across campus in the next few years." 

Turner also commented on the wide variety of experience that 
each of the dancers possessed. "From hip hop to classical ballet, 
tap to pom, we had our bases covered," Turner said. "We wanted 
to expose the team to several types of dance. We had a ballet barre 

once a week to 
improve technique. 
We warmed-up 
with hip hop and 
kickboxing, and 
we choreographed 
pieces that 

included a little 
bit of everything, 
including modern and classical jazz." 
The purpose of this variety was to include 
different techniques in their performances. "We 
wanted to make every member of the team 
step outside of her comfort zone and learn a 
style that she was not necessarily previously 
trained in," Turner said. "Being a student-run 
organization, it is up to the current members 
of the team to decide what the future of dance 
team will be." 

"I am truly excited to see where the years of 
training, passion for dance, desire to perform 
and sweet spirit of current team members take 
the Bulldog Dancers," Turner said. 
For Frazier, this year was her fourth and final 
year as a dance team member, but she recognized 
that the dancers have a bright future. "Change is 
one of the great things about this dance team. 
Because the captains serve as a coach, mentor, 
choreographer and friend, each year takes on a 
different shape." 

Both captains, senior pre-law and English major Courtney 
Frazier and sophomore music education major Lindsey Turner 
were excited about the differences that the team experienced this 

"We had so much talent on the team this year and so much 
potential to do amazing things," Frazier said. "It's so frustrating 
to not be able to put on a show this year because it would be 
amazing. My goal for this year was to take every chance to display 
the talents these amazing girls have, whether it was performing 
on the sidelines or at halftime of a football game or most 
importantly Step Sing." 

Frazier explained that have such a big team this year provided 
its challenges. "Fifteen is a pretty big number when you have to 

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Athletes with a 

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) 

Some student-athletes at 
Samford seek a more 
recognizable presence on 
campus that goes beyond what is 
seen under the lights through the 
Student Athletic Advisory Committee 
(SAAC). SAAC is an organization 
of athlete representatives chosen by 
their teammates and coaches to be 
a voice from their respective teams, 
promote new ideas and help in the 
organization of community service 

Whether it's in giving our 
time or money, we must 
do what we can to give to 
those in need.'* 

SAAC met one Thursday a month 
during convocation to discuss 
upcoming events and ways to promote 
athletics among the student body. 
This year, SAAC was run by student 
co-chairs senior baseball player and 
secondary education major Kyle 
Nichols and senior soccer player and 
journalism and mass communication 
major Val Kikkert, as well as athletics 
administration leaders Michelle 
Durban and Grant Lyons. 
Among the community service 
projects that SAAC sponsored this 
year are the Penny Drop, Angel Tree 
children sponsorships, "Tie up a 
Cure" Breast Cancer Research Project 
and Children's Hospital volunteer 
hours. SAAC members participated 
in and initiated the most community 
service projects in the organization's 

This \ ear's Penny Drop was held 
throughout the week of October 
9-15, as well as at Family Weekend 
athletic eyents. The guys collected 
the most money for the second 
consecuti\e year. This year's total 
collection was just short of S200 and 

was donated to the Boys and Girls 
(dub of Birmingham. 
In efforts to bridge the gap between 
student-athletes and the general 
student body, the committee decided 
it would be best for Samford Athletics 
to participate in the campus-wide 
Angel Tree sponsoring of children 
held at Christmas time. Athletes and 
the athletics department donated 
$1,060 to purchase gifts for the 10 
Angel Tree children who SAAC 

"I think it is very important for 
Samford athletes to get involved in 
community service," senior soccer 
player, SAAC community service 
chair and nursing major ]enna Sturgill 
said. "SAAC is just another outlet 
for teams to find opportunities to 
support the less fortunate." 
SAAC also continued to promote the 
Athletes for Athletes competition, 
which encourages athletes to attend 
other sports' events. 
"I definitely think SAAC has 
increased attendance at our games," 
senior volleyball plaver and biology 
major Courtney Gay said. "I go to 
games a lot more because of Athletes 
for Athletes points." 
For the first time in Samford history, 
SAAC hosted the first annual 
Samspy's, which was an award night 

set up like ESPN's ESPY awards 
night. Awards were given out to 
individual athletes and teams for their 
athletic performances throughout the 

Each SAAC representative had his/ 
her own motives in joining SAAC. 
For one it may have been to voice 
opinions from his/her team, and for 
another it may have been to facilitate 
the overall athletics promotion 

"I have an opportunity to make a 
difference," redshirt sophomore 
football player and undeclared major 
Erik Peterson said. "Some of the 
football players didn't like a few of 
the decisions that were being made on 
behalf of all of Samford's athletes. I 
chose to join SAAC so our opinions 
would be heard, and I think they have 

SAAC is important to student- 
athletes because it encourages a sense 
of camaraderie among athletes on 
campus and seeks to bridge the gap 
between athletes and the general 
student body. "SAAC is important 
because we are the voice of the 
student-athletes," Nichols said. "We 
are the medium between the students 
and faculty. We promote the support 
of all student athletes." 

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By: Sarah Gardner & Val Kikkert 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Julian Hollar, Val Kikkert, 
Sherrelle Hudson, and Michelle Durban 

Organizations I Connecting the Dots 1 69 

Engaging I 

Shiloh Worship Gathering 

n the fall of 200", .1 survey showed the majority of Samford students were involved in various 
religious activities tlin >ughout die week. This survey also showed that the majority of Samford 
students were incrcdibh stressed. These findings suggested that with all the spiritual activity 
taking place, something was wrong, something was missing - stillness, elimination of hurry and a 
place to gather and be at rest. 

In this absence, Shiloh was created. Each Tuesday, Shiloh generated an atmosphere of rest and 
became a haven for burnt out, overworked, tired students in need of rejuvenation and silence. 
There, students were encouraged to red >cus their sight on die One who desires for us to have life 
and have it abundandy. 

Imagine: after a particularly intense school day replete with tests, quizzes and heavy material, you 
walk into a dimly lit building. This space contains beautiful paintings of different stages of Christ's 
life and carefully crafted images of His followers. You hear the soothing sounds of a piano lighdy 
playing in the background as you wash your hands in cleansing w T ater. Thoughts of your "to-do" list 
and the paper that's due die following day disappear. You walk down the marble isle and sit amongst 
fellow students. For the first time that week, you are still. In this stillness, you grasp with intense 
clarity that this life is only a moment in comparist >n to the eternity you will have with Christ. Such an 
astonishing realization sweeps over you and brings a settling peace as the music softens and a voice 
resonates, "Welcome to Shiloh." 

The mindset of constant motion and continuous hurry is why Shiloh became such a vital part 
of many Samford students' lives and why so many were dedicated to keep Tuesday night free from 
study groups and other activities. 

In Scripture, Shiloh was the gathering place < >f worship where the Arc of the covenant was held. 
Translated, Shiloh literally means place of rest. To maintain the appropriate atmosphere, much 
planning and went ilito every aspect of the service. For man} - , worship is a service containing 
singing and a sermonfwidi great emphasis placed < >n the entertainment aspect of both. Worship is 
more of a passive observation and less of an acti< >n. However, Shiloh provided an opportunity to 
worship as an outpouring of one's life, as something to approach with intention and as an action 
that can take place through a variety of different < >utlets. Through art, poetry, video and song, Shiloh 
engaged this concept. Finding creative ways to bring the focus to Christ and away from die typical 
youth group gadieringis essential and one of the reasons students found Shiloh so unique. 

Shiloh was a time to have our eyes refocuscd from the cares of this world to the One who 
humbled himself for us, even to death on a cross. Earthly toil ends and relationship with the Lord 
was clearly seen and recognized as the only reason to press on through this journey. 

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Layout: Tara \\ hire & Megan Marr 

Photographs: ]u!ian Hollar 

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Samford is about 
developing relationships. Juan Ford, the Samford area 
representative, said that the best part of the 2008-2009 year 
was the relationships that he cultivated. "Each week afforded the 
opportunity to fellowship with young men and women of different 
backgrounds and life experiences. We also enjoyed spending time 
with the coaches in prayer, practice, competition and fellowship." 
Ford was responsible for presenting the goals and objectives of 
the ministry to coaches, athletes, administration and others so that 
the ministry could be most effective. At Samford, he coordinated 
people and activities that led to the development of opportunities 
to fellowship and sharing the Gospel. 

"Our ministry was able to engage in prayer and devotion 
with various teams throughout the year," Ford said. "Each coach 
consented to the support of our presence through allowing their 
athletes to participate in FCA Huddle meetings. In addition, when 
time permitted, we shared devotionals at practice or competitions 
through scripture and prayer to inspire athletes and coaches to 
perform their best for the glory of God." 

FCA also worked alongside Campus Ministries. "This venture," 
Ford said, "led to the development of a FCA Cadre, which enabled 
students to receive credit toward convocation." Every Tuesday 
night in the Pete Hanna Center, small groups met to discuss 
leadership development. They also watched FCA-provided DVDs 
that showed testimonials of male and female athletes from around 
the nation. FCA also brought in speakers from the University of 
Alabama and the local community. 

Ford stressed that the strength of the ministry was relative to 
the leadership team, which consisted of himself and Sherresa 
and Chris Brasfield. "The Brasfield's hospitality and concern for 
growth and discipleship added a dimension to the ministry that 
created a personal element that is unique and vital in Christian 

fellowship," Ford said. Sherresa conducted a weekly Bible study at 
her home for female athletes, in which she hoped would provide 
an opportunity for young women to discuss Scripture as well as the 
challenges that arise as young Christian women. 

Candace Clippard, a senior physical education major, has 
participated in FCA for three years. "I chose to be involved with 
FCA because it's a great way to meet and support other athletes," 
Clippard said. "However, we are not all athletes and we are trying 
to expand more to the general student population." 

This year the students read through a book called Habitudes: 
Images that Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes by Dr. Tim 
Elmore. "Each week we either discussed a chapter in small groups 
or a guest speaker came and spoke on the topic of the chapter," 
Clippard explained. This discipline was a positive adjustment for 
the group of athletes. "Discussing these Biblical truths applied to 
images of leadership, especially in the small group setting, really 
allowed us to get to know each other better, learn from each other 
and encourage each other," Clippard shared. 

Clippard also served as a huddle leader for the organization. Her 
job was to plan weekly meetings with the help of Ford and the 
Brasfields. Along with planning each meeting, she also planned 
special events, helped in choosing speakers and tried to serve her 
peers through prayer. 

One event, Fields of Faith held in October, was hosted by 
Samford's FCA. A nation-wide activity, Fields of Faith indulged 
students in scripture reading, prayer, testimony and fellowship. 
"Due to inclement weather," Ford explained, "we met in the gym, 
but we had approximately 70-80 college and high school students 
in attendance." 

Story: Melissa Gibson 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Jordan Jarvis 

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RUF, Campus Outreach, UCF 

Opportunities abound with worship and Christian 
fellowship for Samford students. Three popular 
campus ministries, Reformed University 
Fellowship (RUF), Campus Outreach and University Christian 
Fellowship (UCF) offered students involvement in a ministry 
that fit their schedule and preferred worship style. 

On Monday nights, students gathered togedier for worship 
in the Flag Colonnade for RUF's weekly group meeting. The 
music team led students in praise songs, and campus minister 
Jason Sterling preached on the Psalms, the topic for the fall 

Throughout the year, RUF participated in retreats and 
conferences with RUF groups from other schools. This year's 
fall conference was held at Camp to Know Him in Pisgah, 
Alabama. At the winter conference, college students from 
the southeast converged at Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee for a 
weekend of worship and relaxation. Also for the first time this 
year, Samford students attended RUF's summer conference in 
Panama City Beach, Florida. 

"My favorite part about RUF is the emphasis it puts on 
God's Word. It's truly the center of everything we do," junior 
journalism and mass communication major Stephen Moss 

On Tuesday nights, praise music filled Harry's Coffeehouse as 
Campus Outreach took over the scene. Lindsey Bean, Samford 
Alumna and current Campus Outreach "Staff Girl," enjoyed 
being back on campus and connecdng with students. 

"This year our big thing was to multiply Christ-like leaders. 
We wanted students to engage their friends to think through 
spiritual tilings," Bean said. 

She said Tuesday night Campus Outreach meetings were for 
everyone, while the Thursday morning meeting 
called Catalyst was specifically designed to push 
students to "be a positive influence to those 
around them." This year, members of Campus 
Outreach participated in a Fall Break raffing trip, 
a New Years Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, 
and Beach Project in Florida. Senior International 
Relations major Anne Morel made time for 
Campus Outreach every week because she noticed 
its effect on her life and Samford. 

"The focus on discipleship with weekly meetings 
hat! a great influence on the Samford community 
as a whole," Morel said. 

UCF met on Wednesday nights and was open to all 
college students in the Birmingham area. At the end 
of last school year, founder Joel Brooks announced 
that he would be stepping down as UCF's lead pastor 
of nine years in order to start Redeemer Community 

Photos top to bottom: RUF begins each service with a time of worship. 
A benefit of Campus Outreach is getting to fellowship with close friends. 
Students often stick around after meetings to socialize. 

Church in Birmingham. Brooks asked his former University 
of Georgia roommate, Andy Byers, to be his replacement. 
Byers attended Beeson Divinity School, graduating in 2001, and 
earned his Masters of Theology from Duke University in 2006. 
He served as campus minister at Gardner- Webb University for 
four years and as pastor of Mount Hermon Baptist Church in 
North Carolina for two years. 

Samford Alumna and Assistant Director of UCF Connie 
Heiskell said the goal of UCF this year was to focus on 

"Andy is doing a great job loving on people and really getting 
to know students well," she said. 

Members of UCF had the opportunity to participate in the 
Fall Retreat November 7-9 at Chestnut Bay Resort and take a 
Spring Break trip to Haiti. Some students committed to go to 
Northern Ireland for the summer with the ministry's annual 
missions trip. 

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This year our big thing was to 
multiply Christ-like leaders. 
We want students to engage 
their friends to think through 

spiritual things. 

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roueh Art 

Lights dimmed. Soft music played in the background. A "Theosis is more individual, personal, intimate." McKenzie said 

piece of birchwood painted black and covered with she enjoyed seeing other people getting into the art and taking 

expressions of the meaning of salvation lay at the alter, it seriously. She said, "To worship through art, you don't have 

Paper leaves with quotes and verses about God's guidance and to be an artist. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. You're just 

providence hung by hemp twine from the ceiling. There was a expressing yourself." 

paper tree made of crumpled narratives of suffering, sin, and McKenzie was also a member of UM's Communications 

God's provision. Coffee mugs, a hat and a bowl filled with committee. This committee, like the Media and Arts committee, 

unanswered and deeply personal questions for God all sat embraced the UM council's goal of enabling students to use 

looking abandoned. their gifts to worship God. Franklin Graves, a junior journalism 

This was the atmosphere for fall semester's Theosis, an artistic and mass communication major and the Communications 

worship event that followed the Shiloh's summary worship Coordinator, wanted to ensure that the people on his committee 

service. University Ministries' Arts and Media committee, which were able to work on their own projects and to have their own 

saw its birth during the 2008-2009 school year, arranged this say in the creative process. He said, "This year, we focused on 

experience. UM formed the committee because of a shared making sure everyone had a chance to use the gifts God blessed 

vision for combining art 
and worship. 

Jesse Mitchell, a junior 
religion and film studies 
major, served as the chair 
for the Arts and Media 
committee this year. 

Because art is one of 
the main ways Mitchell 

I want to free people and give 
them the opportunity to express 
themselves through art, because 
I have found such joy in it. 

them with — whether it was painting, 
drawing, designing, writing or computer 

Another part of UM's vision for this 
year was to "de-stress" students. This 
vision involved two components. The 
first encouraged students to take the 
Sabbath and use that day to enjoy time 
with God. The second component 

connects with God, he wanted to help other people connect with involved not overwhelming students with event after event. 

God in this way as well. "All people can create," he said. "People Instead of holding many events, they were more intentional 

are often just afraid. I want to free people and give them the with the events they did have. Pursuing this goal, the Social 

opportunity to express themselves through art, because I have Justice Committee decided to accentuate the Reel justice events 

found such joy in it." instead of having multiple events for the different organizations 

Freshman Victoria McKenzie, a graphic design major, attended represented by the group. The organizations would partner 

Theosis. "A lot of people feel like they don't get into worship through Reel Justice to promote a common justice initiative, such 

because they have to sing or be musically-gifted," McKenzie said, as Fair Trade or the Living Wage. 

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With the events and the opportunities they offered, UM 
wanted to engage a broader group of students. The Community 
Involvement group tried to do this by working with other 
campus organizations and students who were not connected 
with other organizations. Coordinator Tim Tapscott, junior pre- 
dental major, said the committee's initial goals were "to identify 
areas of the campus where service was an important part of 
everyday life, such as Greek life, athletics and academic service 
projects and approach them with partnering opportunities." He 
also said the committee wanted to determine how other students 
could get "connected with the community, whether through a 
UM ministry or through a ministry outside of Samford." 

This year University Ministries could be summarized by one 
of the art pieces at Theosis — the community piece of black 
birchwood. Freshman early childhood education major Janey 
Gibson, describing her experience with the piece, said, "We saw 
people's stories interwoven and saw how we are related to each 
other in our interpretation of God's love. It was like seeing an 
expression for something we don't have words for. As the body 
of Christ we could see each other and see God's love for each 
other through that expression." 

Story: Amanda Cherry 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: )ayme Cloninger & Franklin Graves 

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and S, 



nment Association 

The Student Government Association allows students branch out and try new things as well as try to improve upon our 

to hold interdisciplinary tides and offices to represent important Samford tradidons." Old traditions like Lighting of 

the student body and work together for University the Way and the Harry's coffeehouse concert series were spruced 

improvement. Every college student has aspects that they would up and were bigger successes than they have ever been. "We 

like to change about his or her institution. But unlike many larger finally have a following of students that show up every week to 

schools, Samford students know their representatives and are hear what Samford students have to offer as well listen to some 

able to make their voices personally heard. The Samford SGA up-and-coming musicians from the surrounding area," Ross said, 

is comprised of hardworking students who work diligently for Despite these great advances, SGA along with SAC, is working 

the change and the good of Samford. They exist to listen to hard to bring more concerts to Samford. As evidence of this, 

constituents and make students' thoughts heard. In no way has Samford hosted O.A.R. during the band's campus consciousness 

this been proven more valid than the 2008-2009 school year. tour. 

During this time, the SGA has taken it upon themselves to Wrapping up the 2008-2009 school year, Frederick has a general 

improve at least one main aspect on campus: communication, direction of where he, as Student Body President, wants to lead 

SGA Senate Vice President and the 2009-2010 SGA President- Samford in the coming year. "Our biggest goal for next year will 

elect Bee Fredrick said, "We have taken major steps this year in be continuing to enhance communication with the students," he 

communicating with the students including the new SGA bulletin said. The 2009-elected SEB officers and other SGA members have 

board, round table discussions, open forums, town hall meetings enough experience to follow through with their goals, but admit 

and crimson articles." As a junior communication studies major that they need cooperation from the rest of the student body, 

from Montgomery, Fredrick emphasized that the 2008-2009 Communication remains their key focus in listening to student's 

officers made a lot of progress all across the board due to this voices and meeting their needs. "We really rely on students to 

increase in communication. In Senate alone, representatives have take our SGA surveys to get their opinions on who they would 

worked with students to increase visitation hours and O'Henry's like to see on campus," Ross said. Samford students must 

hours and have begun paving the road for changes in the grading continue to speak up in order for SGA to change any needs that 

and values systems. "All of 
the branches worked well 
together this year," Fredrick 
said. "PAC, Senate and 
SAC all helped each other 
out. This is huge since SGA 
w< >uld not be able to reach 
its full potential without ■ 
everyone on it, including 
senators or committee members." 
Another large division of SGA is the events that are brought 
to campus, including concerts. Lee Ross, the 2008-2009 Vice 
President of Programming, said this year SGA "really tried to 

Hopefully by informing and 
communicating more with students, 
they will get involved. 

aren't met. Frederick 
thinks this can happen 
and said, "Hopefully 
bv informing and 
communicating more 
with students, they will 
get involved." 

1 76 Organizations I Connecting the Dots 

Left: Lee Ross, Allyson 
Devvell, and Natalie Jayne at 
Leadership Convo. Below: 
SGA officers at the annual 
leadership banquet. 

Story: Tara White 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Allyson Dewell 

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Serving as 

* ^theQ^of 
^ Samford 

Student Recruitment Teai 
and Samford Ambassadoi 

For three Saturdays in the fall, they were known as the 
"Red Shirts" on campus. Ready and willing to do anything 
requested of them, Samford's Student Recruitment Team 
played their part in the recruitment of students for the 2009- 
2010 school year. From opening the door of Vail Hall all day to 
selling Samford T-shirts, being drilled with questions by parents 
of prospective students or trying to get the high school students 
to actually ask questions, each Preview Days was a success. 
The Samford Admissions Office hosted three Preview Days 
this fall, which is one down from last year. However, more 
prospective students came through the gates than ever before. 
A total of 542 high school seniors brought their families to get 
a glimpse of what Samford has to offer, and that's not including 
all of the sophomores and juniors who got a jump start on their 
college search. 

Ambassadors had the opportunity 
to see tremendous growth in the 
national recognition of Samford. 

In addition to the traditional Preview Day activities such as 
student panels for both parents and students, financial aid 
sessions, admission counselor sessions and campus tours, SRT 
added some new elements to the schedule this year. Upon 
registration for a Preview Day, families had the opportunity 
to purchase football tickets for the game and participate in a 

Amber Patrick, a junior nursing major, was this year's SRT 
secretary. "One of the common misconceptions about the 
organization is that the Admissions Office does all the work 
to plan the Preview Days," Patrick said. "All of the scheduling 
and plans for the day are coordinated by SRT officers." Serving 
alongside Patrick were senior president and biology major 
Madeleine Mula, senior vice president and biology major Mary 
Scott Wood and 2009 director of membership nursing major 
Morgan Welty. 

"SRT is a unique and rewarding way to communicate all of 
those wonderful experiences I have had here at Samford," 
senior religion major Grant Millsaps said. "I cannot think of a 
better way for a high school student to hear about Samford than 
through the eyes of a current student." 

The SRT isn't the only group serving as a face of the Samford 
student body. The Samford Ambassadors also play a significant 
role in representing the University. 

The Samford Ambassadors program is a highly selective and 
represents less than one percent of the student body. Under the 
leadership of seniors president and Spanish and history double 
major Elizabeth Rhea, vice president and elementary education 
major Lauren Lunceford and secretary and nutrition major 
Stephanie Elliott, the program saw an increase from 20 to 24 
positions this year. This increase added more diversity in order 
to better represent the student population. Students are chosen 
to be the "face" of the student body by serving campus and 
community leaders in various capacities. 

"There are no 'typical' Ambassador events," Rhea said. The 
Ambassadors regularly serve as hosts to guests on campus at 
sporting events, Board of Trustee meetings, Board of Overseers 
meetings, Samford Auxiliary meetings, Homecoming, Family 
Weekend and any special events on or off campus for alumni, 
current and prospective donors, parents, faculty, staff and the 

This year, the Ambassadors had the opportunity to see 
tremendous growth in the national recognition of Samford. With 
the move into the Southern Conference for athletics, Samford is 
making a name for itself all over the Southeast. With an increase 
in publicity, University Relations also hosted more events in 
Birmingham and across the region. 

In his first year serving as an Ambassador, sophomore business 
management and sociology double major Marshall Pollard was 
elected the next president of the organization. "This program 
allows students the unique opportunity to be around the people 
who make Samford University what it is," Pollard said. "It really 
allows us to grow as servant leaders by developing relationships 
with campus and community leaders." 

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Choirs Across Samford 



Samford students love to sing, as hundreds of past Step 
Sing participants can attest. However, for students who 
participate in the university's choral programs, singing 
is more than just a seasonal pastime. Instead, it's a full time 
pursuit. The School of the Arts provides a wide selection of 
choral groups where music majors and non-major enthusiasts 
alike can expand their knowledge and ability. The A Cappella 
Choir, the University Chorale and the Music Theatre Ensemble 

The Chorale meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of 
each week in order to prepare for performances. In addition to 
the choir's two major performances, they have also performed 
during convocation and combined with the A Cappella Choir to 
perform larger choral works with orchestra. 

Finally, for members of the Music Theatre Ensemble, singing is 
only part of the performance. "We like to think of ourselves as 
triple threats in that most ensembles focus on one element while 

are only three of the many choral groups on campus that provide we combine all three (singing, acting or dancing)," sophomore 
students with the opportunity to hone their talents and use their musical theatre major Hannah Seymour said. 

voices to entertain and uplift audiences, whether performing on 
campus, down the street or around the world. 

"Whatever it takes!" is one of the A Cappella Choir's mottos 
conductor and Professor Timothy Banks said. This slogan is the 
foundation of every practice and performance. The A Cappella 
Choir's pursuit of excellence began in 1939, when Howard 
College's first full-time music professor Kathleen Martinson 
founded the group. 

Since then, the choir has traveled the world, performing 
throughout Europe and Asia. This year, the choir traveled 
throughout France and Italy, performing at locations such 
as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. However, Banks said the 
highlight of the choir's trip was a performance at St. Peter's 
Basilica in Rome. 

The choir's 52 members often serve as ambassadors 
spreading Samford 's mission far and wide. In 
addition to performing over 40 concerts this year, 
the choir is also reaching new audiences by posting 
performances on YouTube, which allows the group 
to spread its influence even further. "Now with our 
increasing presence on YouTube, for example, we are 
reaching an even wider audience than we dreamed 
possible even a few years ago," Banks said. Whether 
the group is reaching viewers on the web or across the 
world, Banks said their goal remains the same. "The mission of 
the A Cappella Choir is to represent the message of Christ's love 
through our singing wherever, whenever, and to whomever," he 

The Hanging of the Green and the annual Choral Vespers 
performance are two of the most cherished events on campus 

This year, the group staged a production of the musical revue 
A. . .My Name Will Always Be Alice just in time for Valentines Day. 
The revue explores the lives and loves of women through music 
and dance. Since most revues are compilation of songs that lack 
storylines like larger, more traditional musicals, the performers 
were able to portray a wide variety of experiences and emotions. 
"A revue is a compilation of scenes and songs, often a parody 
of current events, trends and personalities... in this case the 
personalities of bold, beautiful and sometimes bitter women," 
Seymour explained. While the theatre department stages one 
large-scale musical each spring, the ensemble performances 
offer viewers and performers a much different experience. "Our 
performances are usually a more intimate show," Music Theatre 
Ensemble director and Professor Randall Richardson said. 

The mission of the A Cappella Choi 

is to represent the message of Christ's 

love through our singing wherever, 

ver, and to wh. 


The group was created in conjunction with the introduction of 
the musical theatre degree program in order to provide majors 
with additional performance opportunities. "We're trying to 
use this to let our students get more experience," Richardson 
said. This year, the program also established a partnership with 

Huffman High School, providing an ensemble performance and 
by students and faculty, and music performed by the University master classes taught by Samford professors. 
Chorale sets the tone for both. Students who enjoy opera, musical theatre or traditional choral 

"Like its historic prototype, University Chorale, an ensemble music have found plenty of performance opportunities through 

of approximately 50 singers, is a relatively complete musical 
organization of instrumentalists and singers that is becoming 
known for programming that blends the a cappella choral 
tradition with instrumental color, uniquely honed and focused to 
lead and provide a distinctive musical and spiritual experience," 
University Chorale Director and Professor Sharon Lawhon said. 
The group is open to students from any major and auditions are 
not required to join. 

choral programs offered by the Department of Music this year. 
Programs such as A Cappella Choir, University Chorale and 
Music Theatre Ensemble provide students with the knowledge 
and training to pursue their passion. That's something to sing 
about year-round. 

Story: Haley Aaron 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: ]oe Hopkins & Sharon Lawhon 

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& Networking 

( ( / / K^ J Honor Societies and Major Fraternities 


ot only were students busy this year with class loads, homework and extracurricular 
activities, but many also participated in their major's fraternity or honor society. 
The Journalism and Mass Communication department's honor society is Kappa 
Tau Alpha (KTA). In the past, KTA hasn't been active, but this year members wanted to leave 
their mark. 
"We all just really clicked," senior journalism and mass communication major and KTA 
member Emily Leithauser said. "It just seemed natural for us to actually be a cohesive group. 
We didn't want to do something for ourselves but instead find a way to serve the JMC 

KTA established a scholarship financially with two bake sales and donations requests. 
They also decided to name the scholarship and their chapter after journalism and mass 
communication professor Dr. Dennis Jones. 
"We chose one of our favorite professors for the honor," senior journalism and mass 
communication major and KTA member Bennett Sumner said. "This year at the JMC picnic, 
we awarded Dr. Jones with a plaque from the national office." 
The Brock School of Business' multiple fraternities and honor societies were also active 
this year. Several new fraternities and societies were formed, which offered students a wider 
selection for involvement. 
Omicron Delta Epsilon, a new fraternity for economics majors and minors, initiated eight 
new members. Junior accounting and economics major and Omicron Delta Epsilon President 
Sara Watson said that members worked hard to develop their program this year by planning 
speakers and workshops for next year. 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ This year was also the first year for the Financial 

Management Association. Will Andrews, senior 
^UPpOrtin2 yOUr maiOr economics and finance major, called it an "interesting 

time" to start a finance club. However, he said, "We 
and eaCn Other iS What it S uscc ' ^ lc financial crisis to our advantage by inviting 

experts from various areas of finance to give their 
7\ 1 1 rlhoi it perspective on the crisis." 

Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary organization for 
financial information students and professionals, got 
students involved with the greater community. 

"The organization provides a lot of opportunities to connect with fellow accounting majors 
and meet the accounting firms we hope to work for one day," junior accounting major Taylor 
Marie Kardoes said. "Beta Alpha Psi also offers many professional development events and 
community service activities." Students worked with Project Homeless Connect, the jimmie 
Hale Mission, cleaned Shades Creek and encouraged bike riders at the Old Howard 100. 

The American Marketing Association also had a busy inaugural year. With 20 members, they 
hosted a discussion with recent graduates to learn about the graduates' experiences, and the 
director of sales and marketing from Talladega came to speak. They also had a networking 
mixer at marketing professor Dr. Betsy Holloway's house with six Samford alums. 

Alpha Kappa Psi, the general business fraternity, also grew significantly this year. Upon 
conclusion of the school year, it had more than 58 members and three faculty advisors. "With 
the incredible support of the chapter leadership this year, we were recognized as one of 
the most improved chapters in the region," Katie Knuth, senior marketing and management 
major, said. "With continued dedication from our members, we look forward to connecting 
brothers with business professionals who can help them become better business leaders." 

Many students said they enjoy being involved with the fraternities and honor societies because 
of the networking opportunities. "It was encouraging to hear so many positive experiences 
and just to meet enthusiastic graduates that have my degree," senior marketing and finance 
major Anne Morel said. "Supporting your major and each other is what it's all about." 

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Story: Melissa Gibson 
Layout: Megan Marr 
Photographs: Taylor Marie Kardos 

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Letters of 

Alpha Phi Omega 


Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a national, co-ed service fraternity. APO's chapter at Samford is Gamma Chi. 
APO's purpose is to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity. Its 
mission is summed up as "preparing campus and community leaders through service." 
APO President and junior religion major Kris Roberts said his fraternity added eight new members to its roster this 
year, bringing its total membership up to 30. Initiation for members was held in the spring of 2009. 

Habitat for Humanity and Race for the Cure are two of the organizations APO served fervently this year. 
Habitat for Humanity is a national service organization dedicated to providing housing and shelter for members of 
community in financial and physical crises. APO dedicated its time to help build houses for people in the Birmingham 
area who were homeless. 

Sophomore marketing major Kristin Coffield said, "One of my most memorable experiences while in 
APO was when we went to work with Habitat for Humanity. We happened to be working on a house that was 
right next to (another) house that was just finished. The family was going in (it) for the first time. Thev were 
so happy and grateful. It made me realize how important it is to serve our community and help others." 

Race for the Cure is a national group, which is committed 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ I to supporting breast cancer research through fundraising. 

Each year several races are held to raise money and 
awareness for breast cancer and discovering a cure for cancer. 
Roberts said, "My favorite (event) was a project we did with the Hope 
| Lodge where we served dinner to over 60 people awaiting cancer 

Sophomore nursing major Hannah Willhoite said she enjoyed 
J serving the people at Hope Lodge as well. "We served dinner at die 
Hope Lodge and were able to spend some time with the residents there 
and play games," she said. "It was a good time, and I think they are looking forward to the next time we come." 

Roberts said that this year's supporters of Samford's chapter of APO gave large contributions to the fraternity. 
Companies like Olive Garden and Walmart were part of APOs success in serving its peers on campus and the 
surrounding community. 

APO dedicated its time to 
help build houses for people in 
the Birmingham area who were 

Leadership positions for Alpha Phi Omega are as follows: 

President: Kris Roberts 

Vice President: Kristen Coeffield 

Rush Chair: Hannah Wilhoit 

Pledge Trainer: Katie Snyder 

APO's faculty advisor is professor Roderick Davis. 

Story: Ryan Hagan 
Layout: Megan Marr 

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amma Sigma Sigma is a national service sorority. At 
Samford, Gamma Sigma Sigma's chapter is called Delta 

Gamma Sigma Sigma's purpose is "to assemble college and 
university students in the spirit of service to humanity and to 
develop friendship among students of all races and creeds." Its 
dedicated mission is a "lifelong commitment to service and 
diversity, in an environment of unit}- and equality, while creating 
opportunities for growth." 

Gamma Sigma Sigma traditionally starts off the school year 
with a non-selective rush, which includes a meet-and-greet, sendee 
project and social event. After rush, Gamma Sigma Sigma has its 
Sisterhood retreat, which is a special social event for its members. 

"One of my favorite memories from Gamma Sigma Sigma this 
year was our retreat," junior Spanish major Lara Shatas said. "I 
was encouraged by this because the sorority is growing, and it's 
wonderful to be able to bond easily with new girls because you are 
working to help die community togedier." 

Gamma Sigma Sigma has been active among its peers on campus 
and in the community. Sophomore elementary education major 
Sarah Branum said Halloween kicked off one of the first major 
events for Gamma Sigma Sigma. The girls trick-or-treated for 
canned goods to help support the United Way's local food bank. 

"My favorite thing that we did was trick-or- treating for canned 
goods around Homewood and Vestavia," Branum said. "We 
were in groups that dressed up in themes and competed to see 
who could get the most cans. People were always surprised when 
we told them we wanted canned goods for charity rather than 
candy for ourselves." 

Christmas brought man}- opportunities for fun and service. The 
sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma organized a Christmas party for 
children at the Titusville Public Library and packed shoeboxes filled 
with toys and necessities for children worldwide to be distributed 
by Operation Christmas Child. 

Sisters also participated in painting w^agons and organizing 
a pizza and game night for patients at Children's Hospital in 
Birmingham. They dedicated every Monday night in April to 
making dinners for the Vestavia Hills city firemen, helped build 
houses for the underprivileged widi Habitat for Humanity and 

continued to help support Relay for Life at Samford. 

Gamma Sigma Sigma created a March of Dimes team this year. 
It held a karaoke night as a benefit for its team later in the year. 

President Nicole Williams, sophomore sociology major, said, 
"I have learned so much about our sorority. We have been able 
to broaden our sendee base and get involved in some different 

The sorority has continued to support Samford's commitment 
to sendee and ministry. The girls have been instrumental volunteers 
in groups sponsored by University Ministries, like Yille Crew' and 
the Pern County Initiative. 

With Ville Crew, sorority members played with disadvantaged 
children, hosted cook outs for the kids and their parents and 
taught Bible stories. Members also traveled to Perry County, one 
of Alabama's black belt counties. There they served the children 
and adults of the area. 

Gamma Sigma Sigma also sponsors an event on campus called 
The Howard Showcase. This is its third year running as a campus- 
wide pageant for Samford students who are active in charitable 
organizations. Each participant competes to represent his or her 
organization and must portray the organization's importance and 
impact in daily society, judges then choose a winning student who 
is awarded widi proceeds from the ticket sales. 

The 2008-2009 Gamma Sigma Sigma leaders are as follows: 

President: Nicole Williams 

Nice President of Service: Jennifer Rice 

Vice President of Membership: Sydney Davis 

Secretary: Lara Shatas 

Treasurer: Joy Massaad 

Public Relations: Camille Karst 

Fundraising Chair: Caroline May 

Social Chair: Lindsey Yaughan 

Chaplains: Katie Shaddix and Nicole Roberts 

Historian: Jen Vinson 

Howard Showcase Chair: Kara Graves 

Story: Ryan Hagan 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Lindsey Vaughan 

and Nicole Willliams 

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What an average student may know as ROTC, 
participants call the Air Force Reserve Officer 
Training Corps at Detachment 012. At Samford, 
the detachment has a legacy of producing some of the finest 
second lieutenants in the Air Force. The ROTC serves as a 
commissioning source into the Air Force, while also providing 
many career opportunities. At Detachment 012, cadets not 
only train to become quality second lieutenants, but they also 
participate in many different activities that make the training 
experience both fun and rewarding. 

The ROTC serves as one of three commissioning sources into 
the Air Force. The other two are the Air Force Academy and 
Officer Training School. Upon entrance into the program, a 
cadet is known as a General Military Course (GMC) cadet. These 
cadets are considered to be cadet enlisted for the first two years 
of the program. LJpon completion, they are required to attend a 
four-week officer boot camp known as Field Training. After Field 
Training, cadets are promoted to the position of Professional 
Officer Course (POC) cadets, who serve as cadet officers for 
the final two years of the program. The last commissioning 
awards cadets to be second lieutenants of the Air Force, which is 
awarded upon graduation. 

This year the detachment's enrollment increased to 20 
underclassmen cadets and seven upperclassmen. As the program 
gains more recognition and respect each year, more and more 
students look to join the program. 

"This year, the Air Force is going great for me. I am learning 
more as I progress on how to be a leader and demonstrate it. I 
also look forward to being a great attribute to the Air Force and 
sh< wing those leadership qualities," Carlivear Bryant said in the 
Fach summer throughout training, cadets are afforded many 
different opportunities to build their leadership skills. These 
specialized programs include Rising Sophomore Program (RSP), 
Freefall, Soar, Cultural Immersion Programs and Cadet Training 
Assistants (CTAsi. 

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In addition to these opportunities, the detachment participates in 
many other activities both on and off campus all year. Cadets can 
become a part of a professional, honorary service organization 
known as Arnold Air Society (AAS). They can also participate 
in fundraisers and service events in the local community. Cadets 
also present the colors at Samford football games, tour active 
duty Air Force bases, learn martial arts for self-defense and are a 
part of many detachment-wide social events, which includes the 
annual Dining In and Dining Out ceremony. 

This year, the detachment served at the University of 
Alabama football games by parking cars and standing as 
security. They learned self-defense at the Dojo karate center in 
downtown Homewood, as well as realistic self-aid buddy care 

The most important event that cadets look forward to is their 

commissioning in May at the end of their four years of service 
at Samford. This year commissioning was on May 15. Graduating 
cadets received their Second Lieutenant bars (also referred to as 
"butter bars") and take their oath of office. This signifies their 
commissioning as officers in the United States Air Force. 

The group's mission 

statement is to recruit, 
train, educate and 

commission the best 
second lieutenants in the 
United States Air Force." 
This mission includes 
the fact that not only 
does Detachment 012 
commission officers as 
second lieutenants, it 
also offer programs and 
opportunities to enhance 
one's leadership apart 
from the weekly routine. 
Samford cadets are proud 
to have their detachment 
name recognized and will 
continue to prepare cadets 
to be the outstanding 
officers in the best Air 
Force in the world. 

Story: Jordan Anderson 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Janell King, 

Flag by Jordan Jarvis 

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A Year Requiring J^erftven 

1/ • 

Samford Republicans 

Despite not winning the 2008 elections, Samford Republicans continued with every year's 
plan of promoting the party's values and beliefs on campus. As a representative of the 
majority of Samford's student body's political views, the club is faced with the challenge 
of meeting this majority's expectations of a strong campus presence. 

This year, the club hosted voter registration drives and volunteered at other off campus voter 
registration drives hosted by the Alabama Republican Party, the Mid-Alabama Republican Club and 
the Birmingham Young Republicans. The club also hosted events that were open to the campus 
featuring key members of the Republican Party. Alabama State Treasurer Kay Ivey andjohn McCain's 
Finance Chairman, Frederic Malek, were among the politicians whom the club hosted throughout 
the year. Speakers shared information about the Republican Party's platform and policies. 

In order to further educate the student body on the platform of Senator McCain, the Samford 
Republicans held a town hall meeting where students were able to ask questions about the presidential 
candidates. Several members spoke about McCain's views on the economy, taxes, the environment 
and foreign policy. They also presented differences between the candidates. 

Additionally, the club held bi-monthlv meetings where various politicians or prominent political 
figures in Alabama came to speak. The speakers gave members a chance to hear about what the 
Republican Party is doing in Alabama. Also, se\ r eral members volunteered at various Republican 
organizations in Alabama to further experience the world of politics and to get a better grasp on the 
status of the Republican Party. 

Despite an unsuccessful campaign for their candidate, the Samford Republicans continued to 
do everything they could to encourage the republicans within the student body to not lose hope in 
their political party. 

Story: Alex Cloke 

Layout: Megan Matt 

Photographs: Stock Imagery 

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Samford Democrats 

With the success of President Obama in the 2008 
election, the Samford Democrats had an exciting 
year. Despite being a minority at Samford, the 
Samford Democrats proved to have just as much dedication as 
other political clubs, junior political science major and president 
of the club. Will Weaver, said that being a blue spot in a sea of red 
proved to be a blessing in disguise. 

"Because there is a very vocal opposition to many of our ideals 
and to the Democratic Party as a whole on Samford's campus, our 
members are given many opportunities to engage in debate and to 
truly refine and reexamine their beliefs," Weaver said.O 

Junior international relations major Rachel Corr said, "Because 
our group is in the minority- among the Samford student body, 
we have strived to create and maintain a well-known presence on 

The club's mission is to live out the values in which they base their 
political ideals and to provide an outlet for members to engage the 
ideas, fairness, justice and social responsibility, at the base of the 
democratic platform. This year, the Samford Democrats reached 
tiieir goals in a number of ways. 

As well as having monthly meetings for members to refine and 
critique their ideals as a club, the Samford Democrats hosted a 
lecture series to reach out to people who may not see eye-to-eye 
with the democratic ideas. The speakers for the lecture series were 
Bill Baxley, the former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General 
who advocated for civil rights; Congressman Artur Davis who 

currently represents Alabama's Seventh Congressional District and 
is a candidate for Governor in 2010; and Susan Pace Hammil, a 
renowned author and advocate of a more fair tax structure. 

Many members of the club are involved in school, state and 
federal government. The club makes an effort to provide students 
with opportunities to become involved in state initiatives or 
campaigns. A number of members took the fall semester off to 
help Obama win die presidential election. In accordance with their 
mission statement, several members have also volunteered with 
Impaci Alabama to help with vision screenings for grade school 

The Samford Democrats aim to educate anyone who will listen 
about the ideals of the Democratic Part)-. 

Story: Alex Cloke 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Stock Imagery 

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Student expression was brought to new heights this year. 
Exodus, engage and Sojourn are Samford student- 
published magazines. Each team of students had a 
specific goal for its magazine this past year, which allowed each 
one to send out a revolutionary message. 

Exodus is the only magazine that is completely run by journalism 
and mass communication majors on the print journalism track. 
This final project gave 11 seniors a chance to embrace their 
creativity and send out an issue that is a "quality publication and 
really focused on writing," Exodus' editor-in-chief and senior 
journalism and mass communication major Bennett Sumner 

The theme this year was "Go," which is full of stories of 
Birmingham life. The Exodus staff worked hard to present 
a common theme throughout the magazine. Sumner and her 
classmates emphasized this by having 11 pages of half-page, 
interconnected blurbs. Sumner said she wanted every reader 
to be encouraged by the magazine and "to 'Go' and to not be 
afraid to use it as a tool to discover Birmingham." 

engage magazine has been 
prevalent on Samford's campus 
since 2005. Although the grant 
that backed engage depleted 
last year, the team that runs it 
continued with limited sources of 
funding. This magazine is quickly becoming a Cinderella story 
on campus. It's continuing to thrive despite its less-than-ideal 
circumstances. Editor-in-chief and junior journalism and mass 
communication major Emma Schell said she realized engage's 
influence has slipped with its funding. "It feels like students 
don't even know it's still on campus," Schell said. 

Still, she said she believes the loss of funding hasn't had any 
effect on the quality of articles. The writers still have submitted 
great articles. This past year the magazine had articles ranging 
from Toms shoes to interviews with authors such as Donald 
Miller. Shell said, "Just read it. You never know what you'll find 
m engage." 

Mil is a unique literary arts magazine published by Samford 

Just read it, you never 
know what you'll find... 

students from every part of campus. The submissions include 
art, photography and literature from different majors and faculty. 
Sojourn's jumping-off point involved three words - experience, 
capture, unleash. Editor-in-chief and senior journalism and 
mass communication major Jenny Davell said, "You have to 
experience something before you can capture it by drawing it or 
writing about it or photographing it, then you have to unleash it 
by publishing it." 
If you know only one thing about Sojourn, Davell said she 
wants you to know that it is a great avenue for anyone to be able 
to express themselves in a way that will be read by most people 
on campus. 

This year the Samford Crimson focused parucularly on being 
professional with flair. It bridged the gap between the students' 
voice and the administration. 
Editor-in-chief and junior journalism and mass communication 
major Emily Leithauser said her biggest accomplishment this 
year was being very careful to keep the stories in line. She 
said she wanted to make sure the Crimson and the university 
administration worked together as a 
team to keep students informed rather 
than it being competition to see who 
can get information out fastest. 
The Crimson team also worked hard 
to mesh with the digital age. Leithauser 
said junior journalism and mass communication major Franklin 
Graves, the online editor, improved the website into a stronger 

In the fall of 2009, Crimson stories will appear on 
The Samford Crimson is the first and only college publication 
whose stories will appear on the website. 

Leithauser said, "The Crimson is the voice of the students. 
Read the Crimson, and you'll find out what's important to us." 

Story: Molly Braswell 

Layout: Megan Marr 

Photographs: Megan Mart, 

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through Trial and D 

The Samford Mock Trial and Debate teams both had 
strong performances this year and received several 
invitations to prestigious national tournaments. The 
debate team, coached by Ryan Galloway and Abi Williams, 
experienced success at both the varsity and junior varsity levels 
throughout the year. 

The varsity team, comprised of junior political science 
major Logan Gramzinski and freshman journalism and mass 
communication major Dan Bagwell, performed well at several 
national competitions, reaching elimination rounds of major 
tournaments at West Georgia and North Texas. The junior 
varsity team, comprised of freshmen political science majors 
Ben Johnson, and Jacob Lewis, was also successful, reaching 
elimination rounds of the Texas and Kentucky tournaments. 
Gramzinski and Bagwell took top honors at the Vanderbilt 
tournament in October, beating the University of Georgia in the 
final round. Gramzinski was named the top speaker out of over 
fifty individual debaters. 

The junior varsity team, comprised of Lewis and sophomore 
international relations major jayme Cloninger, were Vanderbilt 
finalists, beating teams from Emory and Miami in elimination 
rounds. In February, the debate team traveled to Atlanta to 
compete for a bid to the National Debate Tournament, where 
only 78 teams in the country compete. Gramzinski and Bagwell 
placed third overall and received a bid to the National Debate 
Tournament, placing above nationally competitive teams such as 
Georgia and Vanderbilt. 

"It's really tough to qualify for nationals in our district" 
Gramzinski said. "There are several nationally competitive teams 
that were vying for spots, so qualifying this year was really an 

honor." Samford had a strong district showing in each level of 

Freshman economic major Connor Penwell was ranked sixth 
Novice Speaker, and Cloninger was named Top junior Varsity 
Debater in the Southeast Central. Gramzinski was also named 
Most Outstanding Regional Varsity Speaker. "Most of our team 
consists of up-and-coming freshmen and sophomores," Williams 
said. "I'm glad to see them experiencing such success this early 
in their careers." 

The Mock Trial team also had an impressive season that led to 
national competition invitations. The team earned its invitations 
at the two most significant regional qualifying tournaments. 
Samford defeated teams from Georgia, Faulkner and Mercer 
to advance to the national level. "The competition is intense," 
coach Michael Rassmussen said. "An enormous amount of 
preparation is required for a successful run, and only the best 
teams get to the national tournaments." 

The team of law students consists of Lisha Li, Megan Head, 
Ashley Reitz and josh Hornady competed at the National Trial 
Competition, which is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers 
Association. The team of Summer Davis, Tim Douthit, Jessica 
|ones and Shannon Elliott competed at the National Student Trial 
Advocacy Competition, which is sponsored by the American 
Association of Justice. Samford has won the National Student 
Trial Advocacy Competition tournament three times. 

"We have a nationally recognized program," Rasmussen said. 
"Our success is built on a solid foundation of courses related 
to litigation, intra-school competitions, and support from the 
dean, the faculty, and the alumni, all of which promise continued 

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a Department 

Music Department 

Samford's music school saw growth and development throughout the entire 2008-09 school year. From the 
overall structure to performances from the groups and ensembles, expansion was not a foreign concept. 
A few years ago a new Dean, President, and Director of the instrumental groups were hired simultaneously. 
Their goal was to revamp the music program and this year their hard work paid off. Expansion included the 
Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Marching Band, Percussion Band, Horns, Alumni Band and Orchestra, 
which was the largest in Alabama as of spring 2009. Each of these groups fiad at least one conceit in the fall 
semester. ^» 

"The whole program is growing, and I'm very excited about it," Dr. Jim Smisek, director of the Marching Band, 
Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra said. This year thejpasic school saw approximately 50 auditions for 
the instrumental programs. Smisek expects at least 30 of the applicants to enroll, an increase of 30 percent to 
the Marching Band. ^0t> 

In the fall, the Marching Band performed at football games with a season-long Beatles theme. The Alumni 
Band and < hop: had the opportunity^pfRin the performance at the Homecoming game. Smisek said the theme 

for next year's Marching Band is Classic Rock n' Roll. "I want to entertain 
mm the crowd," he said. "In my experience I have found Rock n' Roll is the best 
way to do that." -j|g& 

The Samford music school also hosted the Honor Band in the fall. H 
Band is a weekend seminar where the best band students from, 
high schools in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee',' Fk 
invited to Samford to participate in clas. 

and faculty regarding their sDecifip^nst^TT^nt-'Or ip«trurri|pRL^Wup. 
The weekend culminates j^^WK^evis^mat}etbx^1^^ m ii0^^^^r Band. 
This program proved to hje^r«jjjafeducati()na'l to^^R^fl^tudents and a 
fantastic recruiting opportunity foPrffe^Arts djj^ffta^mas 500 of the best 
Southeastern music students were introducj^rte^amfoal's otfrSK^chool 

As the Samford music program continj^BH grow, excitement generates from both graduating and entering 
students. "I'm slightly jealous of all die new»growths that the incoming students will get to experience," senior 
music major Rebecca Mayhd^Mn. "But at the samegune, I'm really glad to see how much we're growing." 
'I his summer, the music program will go intcrnjj|^«Prhe A ( aipella Choir was invited to pe rform at Notre 
Dame and for the^^M at the Vatican. ( )n\^f^omms have been chosen to sing at Notre Dame in 2009, and 
the performanceJ^Bne Vatican are eyemjPSM^Iecriyc. Samford was chosen based on recorded material and a 
longstanding tradition i if excellence J^To^¥i< ipkins, Dean < if the School of the Arts, said, "We are exceedingly 
proud of t he cu rrent students oj^ KrrnJIrd A Cappella ( moir and the long tradition of accomplishments by this 

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So neither the one who plants nor 
the one who waters is anything, but 
only God, who makes things grow... 
for we are God's co-workers; you are 
God's field, God's building. 
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Four years (or more. . .) at Samford go by in the blink of an eye. Ask 
any senior and he or she will tell vou that in the grand picture, it 
seems like the experience just began. While graduation brings the 
sign of moving on to the next season of life, seniors can't help but recollect 
memories from their time as a Bulldog. 

God, in His perfect ways, establishes seasons in our lives that we may or may 
not recognize. For the seniors, the overall season of college years is gone and 
the new season of life beyond the wrought-iron gates has begun. We must look 
back at the growth we have and see that there, truly is, a time for everything. 

"There is a tune for everything, and a season for every activity under the 
heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1 


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Senior rCPLCCCDn 

I am in every sense a dreamer. 
Growing up, I was that kid who 
walked around with his head in 
the clouds, hopeful for the future 
and somewhat frustrated with the 
humdrum of the here and now. I was 
not entirely discontent, I just perceived 
what was through the promising lens 
of what could be. This trait set me 
apart from my peers, which brought 
considerable difficulties. After one 
hard day in sixth grade, my ever- 
supportive mom said, "Murphy, I 
believe you are like Joseph." As my 
young mind recalled the man famous 
for his colorful coat, all I could think 
about were the hardships he endured. 
At the time, I could not understand 
why I should take comfort from her 
words. Now I realize what a turning 
point that comparison was in my life. 
Like He did for Joseph, God has 
continually opened wide the doors of 
blessing in my life and given me the 
C( mrage to chase my dreams. 

Unfortunately, dreams so often run alongside fears. At the same time most 
things worth pursuing require a risk. God never intended for us to be ruled 
by our fears but rather to be governed by faith. It is extraordinary that when 
we are completely dependent upon Him, what was impossible seems possible. 
Suddenly, we are living by faith instead of by fear. I know that I would have 
missed out on some of the best experiences of my life if I had allowed fear 
to keep me from my dreams. 

Senior year of high school, the thought of singing in front of people 
made me absolutely sick. I had a deep passion for singing, but I was terrified 
of sharing it with others. My creative drive warred with my raging 
perfectionism. Eventually I decided to try it. I survived a couple voice lessons 
and a terrifying Christmas solo at church and then everything changed. At the 
insistence of my voice teacher, I auditioned at Samford. When I was accepted, 
vocal performance became a frightening reality. Now, after four years of 
training, seven shows, numerous performances, and two solo recitals, my once 
ulcer-inducing fear has been tamed by my persistent and practical pursuit of 
a dream. 

The fall of my junior year, I pondered the possibility of putting on a 
Masquerade Ball for the Samford student body. After talking to several 
encouraging friends, I realized that a Viennese Masked Ball could make a 
lasting impression, be an incredible party and a tremendous opportunity to give 
back to the community. Sadie Frazier joined me in my vision, and, together, 
we spent the following months laying groundwork for the large event. We 
organized a student planning committee. Then the dream grew. I have also 
learned that dreams are put to the best use when they are used to serve others, 
so an event that started out as a party became a charity ball that I hoped would 
benefit a Birmingham charity. VSA Arts of Alabama was the organization we 
chose. As I learned more about their purpose, I became especially passionate 
about this organization. It takes art and music as a form of therapy into 
hospitals and 

clinics throughout 

I have learned that dreams are 
put to the best use when they 
are used to serve others 

Alabama. This 

change put me out 
of my comfort 
zone as I would 
have to address 
another fear of 
mine — fundraising 

At this point, I did not know that God had been preparing me for this 
experience through another aspect of my life. My favorite Samford 
involvement has been serving as a Samford Ambassador. Through university 
connections, we arranged for a lunch with Mrs. Bonnie Bolding Swearingen, 
an alumna and gracious supporter of Samford. Elizabeth Rhea, another 
Ambassador and a committee member, joined me in asking Mrs. Swearingen 
for her support of the Masquerade Ball. Knowing that our chances were slim, 
we enjoyed two hours conversing over lunch in the Rotunda Club. When 
Mrs. Swearingen casually informed me that she would underwrite the entire 
budget, the entire nature of the ball changed drastically. The conversation did 
not end there, though. Speaking from years of experience, she continued to 
expand the dream, suggesting ideas I had never considered. 

Mrs. Swearingen's inspiration literally got the ball rolling. With the help 
of six committee members and many volunteers among the Samford faculty 
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full swing. There were many nights in which I would spend 
coundess hours on ball details instead of on my homework. 
Sometimes the details were overwhelming. It would have been 
very easy to lose sight of what I was working for and let my fears 
consume me. At times the vision of what I wanted this event to 
be was the only thing that kept me going. The committee and I 
sent a few hundred invitations into the Birmingham community, 
as well as to every student and faculty at Samford. 

Miraculously, we got everything done and on November 15, 
2008, the red carpet was rolled out, and Midnight Masquerade: 
An Evening in Vienna came upon the Wright Center in the 
grandest of fashion. I told the caterer of the desserts and hors 
d'oeuvres to have a generous amount of food for 300 people. 
God definitely multiplied the loaves! Over 650 masked guests 
walked through the doors, almost tripling our original goal for 
ticket sales. The evening was a magnificent success. After the 
numbers were processed from the silent auction, ticket sales, 

and donations, we were able to present a check to VSA arts of 
Alabama for $9,212.13. The short story is that God blessed a 
crazy dream. 

Now I am a senior in college. As I packed up old things from 
home, I found several sketches, journal entries, and even letters 
left over ten years ago for a grown version of myself. My 
childhood itch for the future has matured into an appreciation 
for exacdy where God has brought me. My dreams have changed 
significantly over the years. I trace my life's growth through these 
dreams — a few of them noble, more of them ridiculous, and 
most of them unveiled only to God. 

Story: Murphy Maddox 
Layout : Megan Marr 
Photographs: Megan Marr 

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Nathan Troost 

To start, let me say what an honor it is to have the opportunity to write about my experience at Samford these 
last four years. My story is no better than that of anyone else. We've all gone through our ups and downs, 
our times of growth and stagnation, times of faith and doubt, times of achievement and failure. But before I begin 
to sound too much like bxclesiastes, let me sav I hope you can relate to my experience and how I've grown over 
my last lour years. 1 hope it causes you take dme to reflect on your own growth during your dme at Samford. To 
the freshman, I hope you see all my mistakes and learn from them. To the senior, 1 hope you can join me in my 
experience and use it to look forward to this next phase of our liyes. 

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So what have I learned during my time at Samford? Well, I've 
learned that Samford will always have construction. I've learned 
that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the most popular cereal in the 
Caf, and if I see it available when I first walk in I better go 
ahead and get it because it won't be there when I come back. I've 
learned that the students that work in the Food Court are the only 
Samford students to listen to our radio station, Birmingham's 
Smooth Jazz. But seriously, I will just take a moment to offer 
a few "Nate Nuggets of Wisdom" I've come to observe at 
Samford. Many of these experiences I hope serve as simple 
reminders as you undoubtedly have 
similar experiences. 

My first, and perhaps most important 
lesson to offer: learning about sex 
twice a week for an entire semester 
was tougher than I thought, but the 
infamous Human Sexuality class did 
teach me a few things. The running 
joke through the spring of my Junior 

year w T as that sex would ruin my GPA. Funnv thing about those 
sort of things, they actuallv become reality. Now I realize I have 
no sympathy from anyone when I say the A- 1 got in my Human 
Sexualitv class would be mv low T est grade at Samford and I'd 
finish with a 3.99 instead of a 4.0, but bear with me as I open up 
what I went through and what I learned from the experience. 

I've always had high expectations of myself, especially with 
regard to academics. For a long time now, I've also claimed to 
seek to glorify God in everything I do, which means striving for 
my best in everything including my schoolwork. This means my 
4.0 was supposedly for God's glory. However, the emptv feeling 
I had in my gut when I saw that A- taught me I wasn't reallv living 
what I thought I was. My motivation for good grades wasn't for 
God's glory but for my own, and it hit me like a truck. 

I feel like that's something I easilv fall into: working hard to 
earn man's affirmation and gain glorv for mvself rather than 
God. I was faced with that challenge again when the Alabama 
Broadcasters Association named me the best large market 
sportscaster in the state. I received loads of support from 
everyone in the Samford community, which I appreciated greatly, 
but it made it difficult to remain humble while in the spotlight. 
God says in Isaiah that He will not yield His glory to another, so 
how dare I ever attempt to be glorified over Him. Yet it's so easy 
to fall into that deceptive and selfish trap. Mv praver is that I can 
learn from these experiences to better resist any temptation to 
take glory for myself. 

Another lesson I learned at Samford is how important it is to 
show appreciation for people. There are so many that make this 
school what it is who go unnoticed every day. Whether it's Ms. 
Gladys who cleans our buildings in Beeson Woods or Mr. Charlie 
who fixes everything under the sun or Ms. Dot who tirelessly 
swipes our cards in the Caf. A lot of times at an institution as 
fine as Samford, in a free country like the one we live in, we can 
take so much for granted. Because blessings are handed to us 
every day, it can become so easy to go about life and show no 
appreciation to those who make our days so great. 

I've learned that showing appreciation for people isn't something 
that's just going to happen naturally, it's something that takes 
some actual effort. And I know I don't show appreciation near 
as much as I should, but I pray God will continue to lay it on 

my heart that I would increasingly show appreciation for those 
around me. 

On that note, I would like to thank all those at Samford whom I 
have developed relationships with and who make this institution 
what it is. The people are too numerous to call by name right 
now. But that reminds me of another important aspect of life 
I've learned. Relationships are so important in our lives, and they 
don't come without w'ork. Unfortunately, I've had relationships 
with friends at Samford slip aw r ay because I didn't put enough 
effort into them, and I w'ould say it's one of my few regrets over 

these four years. I 
am so thankful for 
the relationships 
I currently have, 
and I pray I would 
not let them go but 
hold on tight to 
them, and continue 
to work on them. 
So after spending oodles of money to come to Samford when 
I could have gone to school in Florida for free, what did I learn? 
Well no offense to the faculty, but the most important things 
I learned here were not from the classroom, but from outside 
my academic studies. It's the larger life lessons — giving God 
His due glory, showing appreciation, and developing long-lasting 
relationships - that I will take away from this university. I thank 
God for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing 
how He will use mv Samford experience to impact the rest of my 
life as well as those around me. 

Story: Nathan Troost 
Layout : Megan Marr 
Photographs: Megan Marr 

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wasn't for God's glory but for 
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Emily Fulghan, Ben Jenkins, Louis-Daniel Rojas, Amanda Williams, Mark Adkins, 

Matthew Andrews, Patrick Baggett, Elizabeth Bowen, Austin Brooks, Kristen Bucher, 

Jonathan Coffield, Caitlin Cowin, Jason Farris, Phillip Gewin, Christopher Goree, 

Brandon I Iaumschilt,John Hutto, Andrew Johnson, 

Kim Leland, Scott Maxfield, Jeffery Moore. 

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Todd Oakley, Jessica Odom, Christopher Pitts, Richard Rice, Sydney Trew, 

Leah Troxler, James Vibert, Derrick Watson, Christina Westbrook, William Whitehead, 

Tyler Watson, Tiffany Allen, Anna Blaylock, Dana Buckley, Tracey Deaux, 

Laura Echerd, Jessica Garnett, Shannon Ivey, Brittany Lee, Logan Lowrey, 

Leah Mann, Anna McCoy, Rachel Mincey, Cryssa Ravener, Meredith Rodgers. 

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Teresa Forrest, Brue Brawner, Shequletta Moselev, Katherine Sweat, 
Randy Barnette, Cvthia Batley, William Phillips, Ashlet Adams, Bethany Benson, 
Lauren Brennan, Sara Carroll, Alexandria Darnell, Brittann Davis, 
Caroline Ellenburg, Jordan Elliott, Mary Griffin, Leslie Hawkins, 
Katherine Hullins, Melissa Kinney, Casey Lamb, David Lee, Melanie Morgan. 

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Grace Perez, Gabriella Prudhomme, Sheronda Simon, Emily Tripp, Rachel W'allev, 
Victoria Willis, Michael Heitzke, Dana Kaita, Branden Lower, Caitlin Huie, 
Richard Wangler, Solomon Childers, Jenna Dempski, Rodney Jones, Deanna Kaneshiro, 
Austin Richardson, David Fnngs, Emily Nichols, 
James Sharpe, Jennifer Weibelt, Tamika Williams. 

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Memories from Vail: 

Fire/Hurricane/Tornado drills 
Roasting marshmallows over a candle 

(shh, don't tell!) 

Anything that happened on the 6th Floor 
Visitation hours 

I look back on those and laugh, 

Changing keys every time someone lost theirs 

Rucker Taylor, Ellen Cantley, Christy Daniel, Roger Dobnikar, Kimberly Dobrava, 

Jennifer Epperson, Lauren Gough, PamelaYau, Jason Bonner, Katina Cephus, 

Seung Cheon, Madonna Choat, 

Tammy Dunn, Frances Finney. 

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Janet Hagood, Harold Jackson, 

Johnathon Shelby, Mandy Wesson, 

Emma Louie, Lindsey Redmon, 

Enslen Crowe, Haley Hogan, Jabeka Macklin, Marion McQuaid, Marcus Onodera. 

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Casey Adkins, Jeffrey Aller, Kelly Argo, Daphne Arthur, Sara Austin, 

Daniel Baker, Kimberlv Banner, Katherine Birchfield, Sarah Blackman, Michael Boaz, 

Temeka Borden, Tyler Bowen, Megan Boyett, Mary Brewer, Jean Bright, 

Sarah Brooks, Marilyn Brown, Vanessa Brown, Eastern Bryant, Ryan Budisalich. 

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What was the advice 
youVe received in your 
college years? 

Don't regret anything; 
it makes you who you are. 

Enjoy it while you can. 

Make the most of it; 

it goes by fast. 

Learn who you are. 

more often. 

Do what you want, 
not what others want 
you to do. 

Skip class 

You can sleep when it's over. 
Go balls out. 

Don't give up; you will get there! 

Go to Convo as a freshman. 

Heather Bunch, Katv Butler, Jennifer Byrd, 

Jina Chen, Anna Copeland, Jacob Creel, 

Rebecca Cripps, Nicholas Dawson, Derek Dean, 

Tivanka Desliva, Laura Dimpere, Maury Donovan, Weston Dungan, April Dunne, 

Lauren Elder, Brittany England, Stephanie Esslinger, Erin Estell, Amanda Etienne. 

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Diane Leigh Fordham, Jonathan Fowler, Sarah Frerman, Brian Fulbright, Randi Gardner, 

Christ\- Garmon, Allison Garrard, Andrea Gervvin, Jennifer Gipson, Sarah Evan Godfrey, 

Shantel Willis, Amanda Hamil, Catherine Henderson, Rachel Higginbotham, Kristen Hines, 

Heath Hogge, Rvan Hollingsworth, Amber Hollowell, Brandi Hooper, Joanna Hulsey, 

Natalie Hunlev, Kristen Hutchinson, Justin Indihan, Leah Johnson, ]erri Ann Joplin. 

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Samford Meal: 

Sunday Brunch 
Any day breakfast at 

Anna Kelley, Adam Key, Jaclyn Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Knight, Mary Kunyiha, 

Joshua Lee, Melanie Leonard, Timothy Lightsey, Rebecca Mangino, Brooke McDaniel, 

Caitlin McDonald, Helyn McLain, Kara Sherlin McNair, 

Adam Moller, Kali Moller, Bradley Nail, 

Robert Nipper, Kimberly Okunbor, Sarah Page, Amanda Parsons, Jennifer Partin. 

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Richard Pate, John Pendlev, Amanda Perrone, John Paul Peterson, Amy Pigott, 

Jessica Popham, Beau Rader, Kelly Ratliff, Douglas Rodenberrv, Ashley Rosser, 

Savanna Sharp, Andrea Smith, Zachery Somers, Alexander Sprouce, Emily Stanly, 

Kari Stephens, Anna Strickland, Sondra Tashie, Cassie Thomas, Jenny Todd, 

Amanda Tover, Sara Travlor, Daniel Truelove, Misty Turmero, Carla Veronese. 

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Memories from Smith: 

The time a guy fell asleep in the shower 

and flooded part of our floor 
The time campus safety woke everyone 

up to check for the streaker 
Late nights with the guys 
Vandalizing the car that got to park in the 

spot right in front of the building 
Room checks 

Lanie Walters, Lindsey Watkins, 

Bnttney Wilder, Curt Willett, 

Matthew Williams, Samantha W'inebarger, Steve Wood, Whitney Woodall, Amanda Worshum, 

Allison Yates, Rebecca Mosley, William Andrews, Justin Baughn, Williams Bennett, 

Andrew Bocchino, Patrick Brown, Courtney Cameron, Kevin Sermeno, Lee Craft. 

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Run-ins with Campus Safety: 

Free rides at 3 in the morning 

The time they booted my car until I paid off 
my tickets 

Being handed a ticket as I got into my car in 

15 minute parking (after being there for 11 minutes) 

Calling them to pick me up from the 
overflow parking lot every time it rained 

The fake gunman on campus 

When I they came to my aid after I had my 
very first wreck in Beeson Woods! 

The time they tackled me from the bushes 
outside the Residence Halls 

Cowrtney Davis, Kathryn Davis, 

Jordan Delass, Joseph Echols, 

Landon Eckhardt, Genevieve Eller, 

Ryan Fitzgerald, Jonathan Flowers, Christopher George, Samuel Gilbert, Megan Godz, 

David Hancock, Michael Hanson, Kyle Hawley, Carrie Heidbrier, Tori Hilderbrand. 

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Johnjansen, Belinda Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Darrell Kent, Kyle Kienitz, 

Michael Krobach, James Lee, Joshua Meeks, Matthew Mogle, Anne Morel, 

Andrew Neuberger, Sara Nuxol, Allison Nyghard, Amanda Pearson, Michael Pitts, 

Jeffrey Reburn, Emmalee Reed, Joel Shaw, Kyle Skiera, Curtis Smith, 

Amy Steinhouse, Robert Trotter, Brad Venard, Andrew Villarreal, Jessica Walsh. 

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What was the number | 
thing you gained from 
attended Samford? 




a sense of Self 

my Husband 



Michael Wheeler, Pamela Williams, Heather Willis, Daniel Bowles, Brad Booth, 

Kim Davey, Natalie Hix, Stephanie Hogue,Jaclyn Kirkpatrick, Gary Lacy, 

Hannah Lansdon, Melissa McReynolds, 

Edgar Nunez, Jameela Pickens, 

Erin Rahn, Mark Robinson, Michael Rutledge, Michael Schwab, |acob Simmons. 

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Larry Young, Joy Almassaad, Noele Anderson, Alice Bagby, Jessica Black, 

Ashley Bourke, Anna Brawner, Carole Brisby, Elle Cockerham, Jamie Driggers, 

Kacy Dunaway, Jennifer Gill, Candace Gullung, Lindsay Harter, Lauren Heinz, 

Allison Herrington, Camille Karst, Laura Kearney, Laura Logan, Kristin Lowery, 

Jennifer Mann, Emily Mills, Rebecca Parker, Trinity Power, Benjamin Sidwell. 


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Pick one song 

to describe your 

Samford experience: 

I don't know 

something about maturity 

Don't Leave Just Yet 

Break it Out 
Rocket Summer 

Weekend Warriors 
A Change of Pace 


Wagon Wheel 

Old Crow Medicine Show 

the Beetles 

Here's to the Night 
Eve 6 

Show Me What I'm Looking For 
Carolina Liar 

Spice Up Your Life 
Spice Girls 

How Far We've Come 
Matchbox Twenty 

Hanging Around 
Counting Crows 

Freak Out 
Avril Lavigne 

Grace Kelly 

the Wheel 
Carrie Underwood 


Sarah Sizemore, Brittany Steele, Allison Stewart, 

Cameron Stokes, Jenna Strugill, jane Thompson, 

Katelyn Tipps, Maria Troche, Elizabeth Van Mol, 

Robin Warren, Calene Wertymer, Kirsten Williams, 

Fennifer Willis, Lindsev Rhea Yates, Deaner Baber. 

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Ways to Avoid Studying: 

Late night runs to Sonic 

Dance Parties 


Late night runs to Krispy Kreme 

Watching Friends re-runs 

Going to the library 

Kimberly Budisalich, Ronda Bush, Shawneen Oneil Collins, David Costello, Tracey Dick, 

Audrea Dooley, Lindsev Greer, Tracy Grissett, Jennifer Hayes, Stacy Hicks, 

Jeremy Keene, Rebecca Lucado, Ebone Lyons, Eddah Muya, Rachel Noland, 

Amy Ponder, Wendy Riddle, 

Amanda Rogers, Jennifer Satterfield. 

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Memories from Smith: 

The time a guy fell asleep in the shower 

and flooded part of our floor 
The time campus safety woke everyone 

up to check for the streaker 
Late nights with the guys 
Vandalizing the car that got to park in the 

spot right in front of the building 
Room checks 

Lester Sutton, Earnest Agnew, Gail Burns, Rebecca 

Cahill, Gregory Eagerton, 

Sherry Fua, Patricia Hampton, Sela Mann, Jacquelina 

McCoy, Marie Mompoint, 

Rebecca Peinhardt, William Pope, Carol Ratcliffe, 

Deborah Rushing, Susan Stillwell, 

Mary Walden, Donna Williams 

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Describe Samford in 
three words: 



close- minded 






community compelling 

changing . 




Jenna Edwards, Rachel Frost, Jordan Jones, Carole Miller, Hannah Palmer, 

Elizabeth Sumner, Amy Underwood, Andrew Westover, Kelly Burns, Corley Henderson, 

Bonita Flippo, Donna Guest, Harmonie Adams, Stephani Adams, Katie Almond, 

Paul Anderson, Sarah Andrews, Bryan Baker, Rachell Bennett, Daniel Blackburn. 

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What Bible verse would 
you use to sum up your 
Samford experience? 

John 11:35 
Jeremiah 29:1 1 

Hebrews 1 1 :1 

Philippians 2:14-15 

Joshua 1:9 

Romans 3: 20-26 

Psalms 37:4 

Proverbs 18:24 

Psalms 121: 1-2 

Gregory Boggs, Sarah Kate Boltz, Josh Bowers, 

David Bowman, Erin Bradford, Emily Cargile, 

Courtney Carnes, Kyle Casdes, Leah Chapman, 

Megan Christians, Lindsay Clark, Megan Coats, Carolyn Coley, Katherine Colon, 

Mark Cook, Casey Cooper, Jeanne Cross, Jenifer Dave 11, Drew Davis. 

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William Deal, Allyson Dewell, Gilbert Dicker, Callan Donoho, David Dunn, 

Brian Dushock, Emily Ellett, Havlee Ellis, Jameson Farmer, Andv Parmer, Whitney Farmer, 

John Fawcett, )ames Fenwick, Lindsey Fine, Jonathan Fowler, Courtney Frazier, 

Bethan\ C ribson, iMelissa Gibson, Anna Gilbreath, Katie Gilespie, Chelsea Gilliland, 

Emmalvn Goad, Britney Griffin, Adrienne I lampton. Ansley Hamnck, William Haney. 

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Lisa Hart, Haley Heckman, Jena Hippensteel, Phillip Hoffman, Jodi Hughes, 

Lauren Hughston, Elizabeth Hunt, Jacqueline Jaszcz, Natalie Jayne, Lacey Jenkins, 

Caroline Johnson, Gaines Johnson, Laura Johnston, Oliver Jones, Michelle Kelly, 

Val Kikkert, Lauren Little, Rachel Long, Megan Lozner, Susan Macfarland, 

Gerald Mahaffev, Lauren McCaslin, Haley McLaughlin, Katherine McMath, Sarah McMilion. 

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Ashley McQuaig, Miranda Meadows, Grant Millsaps, Malika Moore, Takesha Morgan, 

John Murnane, Caitlin Murphree, Natalie Nadons, Michael Nelson, Katie Nickerson, 

Jessica Nix, Samuel Noone, Allison Nygard, Jessica Parmenter, Paige Pritchett, 

Rachael Quinn, Erin Ramsey, Nancy Rhea, Marcus Rice, Amy Robertson, 

Rebecca Roebuck, Jacob Rogers, Dylan Scroggins, Cameron Searcy, Kyle Seckinger. 

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How have you left your 
legacy at Samford? 

I went here - that is enough 

my blood, sweat & tears are in the JMC lab. 
By saying 'Hello' to every- 
one I pass on Campus. 

I carved my initials into every tree on the Quad. 

campus saPety ... cncu 
hnouu me du name. 

I was more focused on Samford 
leaving its legacy on me. 

I changed people's lives. 
People wanted to be me. 

Miriam Selph, Renan Silveira, Paul Sloderbeck, Young-Bin Song, Brittany Stancombe, 
Grace Stephens, Aubrey Stoner, Alice Strawbridge, Kayla Strawbridge, Kathryn Tawbush, 

Marissa Taylor, Brittany Tedford, 
Brittany Thompson, Nathan Troost, 
Lauren Vandiver, Lindsey Vaughan. 

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Samford Event: 

Step Sing 
Inauguration Ball 
Movies on the Quad 
Samford in Spain 


fennifer Vinson, feff Walker, Andrew Walworth, 

William Weaver, Matthew Webb, Ruth Weil, 

John Ward Weiss, Robert Wells, Curtis West, Pamela Williams, Barbara Wilson, 

( atherine Wilson, Rebekah Wood, Kevin Yancey, Rocklin Ailing, Mallory Barnes, 

Gregory Brazda, Nathan Carroll, Tamara Cleveland, Elliott Dansby, Haley David. 

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Colin Durham, Brett Elam, Sarah Fort, Rachel Gamble, Kara Graves, 

Allison Guyton, Lana Hall, Kvlie Harmon, Caroline Herman, Oliver Holmes, 

Matthew Kemp, Stephanie Larson, Jacob Lyon, Jospeh Macon, Laura Matthews, 

Jenee Mcbee, Kyle Morton, Peyton Moslev, Madeleine Mula, Melissa Plash, 
Abigail Robinson, Lee Ross, Meredith Rudedge, ]oshua Senn, Bethany Serafin. 

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Johanna Brandon, Jessica Cheney, Danielle Cloyd, Laudreg Cody, Carrie Coxwell, 
Samuel Dauphin, Meredith Davis, Angela Dempski, Kareth Dow, Stephanie Elliott, 

Sara Finley, Kathrine Grigsby, Brandon Hartloge, Carrie Jones, Erin Lewis, 

Casey Matthews, Natalie Mayor, Elizabeth Moore, Mallory Morgan, Halley Morris, 

Megan Morris, Kellie O'Connell, Chika Okoli, Matthew Patton, Ashley Reese. 

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If you could do your 
time over again, what 
would you change? 

I wouldn't take everything 
so seriously. 

I Spend more 
time with 

Change my major. 
More road trips. 

| I would get more involved. 

Not fail pharmacology. 

I would worry less about 
the smaller things. 

I would break 
more rules, skip 

more class, and 
find out what it's 
like to get a values 

Kayla Reynolds, Rachel Roberts, Dana Sanders, 
Rodney Shepherd, Emily Sheppard, Emily Smith, 

Quinton Smith, Stephen Smith, Tommy Smith, 

Makenzie Spruiell, Jamie Stout, Tangenique Taylor, 

John Turnipseed, Heather White, Catherine Williams, Dante Williams, Stewart Young. 

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Johanna Brandon, Jessica Cheney, Danielle Clovd, Laudreg Cody, Carrie Coxwell, 
Samuel Dauphin, Meredith Davis, Angela Dempski, Kareth Dow, Stephanie Elliott, 

Sara Finley, Kathrine Grigsby, Brandon Hardoge, Carrie Jones, Erin Lewis, 

Casey Matthews, Natalie Mayor, Elizabeth Moore, Mallory Morgan, Halley Morris, 

Megan Morris, Kellie O'Connell, Chika Okoli, Matthew Patton, Ashley Reese. 

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If you could do your 
time over again, what 
would you change? 

I wouldn't take everything 
so seriously. 

I Spend more 
time with 

Change my major. 
More road trips. 

I would get more involved. 

Not fail pharmacology. 
I would worry less about 

the smaller things. 

I would break 
more rules, skip 

more class, and 
find out what it's 
like to get a values 

Kayla Reynolds, Rachel Roberts, Dana Sanders, 
Rodney Shepherd, Emily Sheppard, Emily Smith, 

Quinton Smith, Stephen Smith, Tommy Smith, 

Makenzie Spruiell, Jamie Stout, Tangenique Taylor, 

John Turnipseed, Heather White, Catherine Williams, Dante Williams, Stewart Youn t £ 

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Drew Smith, Karmen Smith, Margaret Spears, Allyn Spikes, Tavlor Stroud, 

Mallory Tyler, Madeline Walker, Luke Weltv, Alex Wendel, Jonathan Wbhhvend, 

Mary Scott Wood, Matthew Zauchin, Vernecia Jones, jenny Smith, Elizabeth Leslie, 

Laura Morello, Leah Shell, Ruth Amagliani, Craig Newton, Antonia Littleton, 

Lakeidra Pickett, Christa Tarrance, Kendall Baker, Elizabeth Bonham, Sally Campbell. 

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Carla Cobb, Caroline Cole, Kelly Fishbein, Morgan Glasscock, Jessie Gordon, 

Kelli Hepner, Marliee Hutcheson, Amy Kanute, April Lambiotte, Samantha Lightle, 

Emily Mcabee, Tiffany Payne, Michael Phillips, Caroline Poole, Kristin Riley, 

Stephanie Shoemaker, Emily Sites, Kirstein Sosnowski, Laura Vierling, Timothy Ansley, 

Steven Baker, Kristin Bartsokas, Rebekah Beaty, Victoria Beckham, Kelly Biddle. 

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Morgan Montague, Shelby Patton, 

Kelli Winn, Rachel Emery, 

Sadie Frazier, Cassidy Jordan. 

What was the most challenging thing about attending 

Being away from home. 

Sharing a room. 

ling to accept that things change. 

Letting go of childish ideals. 

Staying in school long enough to graduate. clcLSSGS 

trying to find the right niche. 

Doing my own laundry! 

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Haley Longino, Murphy Maddox, Lydia Myers, Andrew Scollard, Colleen Shrader, 

Jessica Tern', Richard Watts, Amy Douglas, John Hart, Megan Marr, 

Jessika Mejia, Jamie Posniak, Deborah Schooler, Jessica Snow, Jonathan Wade, 

Berkley King, Erica Knight, Laquoyah Mcdaniel, Shani Washington, Maria Beard, 

Tamika Bibb, Delvetra Calvin-hill, Melissa Rllett, Elizabeth Gambrell, Paula Hardy. 

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Introduction to Food Prep 


Recreational Sports, 

Sociology, Spanish 101 in Spain 

Theater Appreciation, 

Film and Fiction 

Cynthia Hipp, Susan Long, Cari Redwine, Robert Becklean, Rachel Meeks, 

Justin Ward, Rachel Holland, Kathryn Hoppe-mcqueen, Robert Pendergraft, Emily Hallman, 

Maria Vaughn, Sheila Barnes, Kelly Brooksher, Martha Child, Kevin Higgins, 

Richard Hutnik, Rebecca Robinson, 

Stephanie Robinson, William Scott, Gary Limmroth. 

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C^/viv in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

2 Peter 3:18